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Bad Bugs Are My Business: Bad Bugs Are My Business New Edition
Contributor(s): Biedrzycki, David
ISBN: 1570916926     ISBN-13: 9781570916922
Publisher: Charlesbridge Pub Inc
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Product Type: School And Library - Other Formats
Published: July 2009
Annotation: When Scratch Murphy's flea bag full of dough goes missing, Ace Lacewing is on the case. A hilarious, witty tribute to the classic detective story.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Insects; Fiction.
Detectives; Fiction.
Mystery and detective stories.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Mysteries & Detective Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Insects, Spiders, Etc.
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2008025337
Lexile Measure: 570
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 1-2, Age 6-7
Series: Ace Lacewing, Bug Detective
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 10.50" H x 10.25" W x 0.50" (1.08 lbs) 40 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 130125
Reading Level: 3.2   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q46847
Reading Level: 2.3   Interest Level: Grades K-2   Point Value: 2.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): David Biedrzycki has been creating illustrations for book publishers, advertising agencies, magazines, and design firms since 1980. His art has graced the cover of KidSoft magazine, New England Aquarium billboards and children's software packaging, such as "The Amazon Trail" and "Odell Down Under." He is the author/illustrator of the Ace Lacewing, Bug Detective series as well as ME AND MY DRAGON and ME AND MY DRAGON: SCARED OF HALLOWEEN. He also illustrated THE BEETLE ALPHABET BOOK and DORY STORY. David lives in Medfield, Massachusetts.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Spring)
Scratch Murphy has been mugged, with all the profits from his Six Legs Amusement Park stolen. Insect detective Ace Lacewing and his buggy cohorts are on the case, and they catch the criminal red-handed. The wordy film noir-style narrative full of bug puns and references will likely go over readers' heads. Bright, digitally colored pencil illustrations veer toward garish but have some appeal. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2009 July)

Gr 2-4–Ace Lacewing is back to solve another mystery. Scratch Murphy, the owner of Six Legs Park, is knocked unconscious by a falling toolbox–presumably the property of a disgruntled carpenter ant–and wakes to find his flea bag empty and his money gone. Ace discovers that his client has a lot of enemies, including a fly-by-night roach in the banking business; Scratch's twin brother, Scritch; and a weevil with over-the-top parenting skills. Ace's blue-eyed gal Xerces and Police Sergeant Zito "The Mosquito" are with him every step of the way. When the solution hits Ace "like a flyswatter," a run for the money ensues through the Termite Tower of Terror, Anteater Falls, and House of Mirrors. Ace's first-person narration and snappy dialogue are true to the hard-boiled detective genre, as is the cast of characters. The illustrations, done in pencil and digitally colored, fairly glow. The many insect references ("Flypaper Awareness Week" and "Keep Your Antennae and Legs Inside Ride") in the colorful spreads are a true delight. Mystery fans and insect enthusiasts will enjoy a one-on-one reading with plenty of time to savor the clever wordplay and insect-related details. They will also want to find Ace's first adventure, Ace Lacewing, Bug Detective (Charlesbridge, 2005).–Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN

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