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ACE LACEWING, BUG DETECTIVE by David Biedrzycki

ACE LACEWING, BUG DETECTIVE

The Big Swat

By David Biedrzycki (Author) , David Biedrzycki (Illustrator)

Age Range: 5 - 10

Pub Date: July 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-57091-747-9
Publisher: Charlesbridge

Can an insect shamus solve the case of the missing bat? Motham City is abuzz with the surprise success of its (usually pathetic) baseball team, the Stinkbugs, led by rookie Bugsy Goldwing. But disaster strikes when somebody steals Bugsy’s bat. Bugsy’s surrogate mother, Madame Damselfly, turns to Motham’s most famous gumshoe, Ace Lacewing. With sultry Gal Friday Xerces (a green-haired butterfly beauty), the hard-boiled Ace questions Bugsy’s fellow orphans–turned-rivals Big Mickey Mantis, Derek Skeeter, Fly Cobb et al., and even travels with the team for their final away game before the playoffs. After an attack on the Stinkbugs coach, Ace is able to unravel the mystery in time for the team to rally and win the game. Part mystery, part sports novel, part spoof, Biedrzycki’s sublime fable is also full of fun insect facts. His generous text, narrated by Ace in vintage Chandler fashion, may suit an older age group than his Photoshop illustrations, but both have appeal. (Picture book. 5-10)