{"id":1267528257,"title":"Ace Lacewing, Bug Detective: The Big Swat","handle":"ace-lacewing-bug-detective-the-big-swat","description":"\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR\/ILLUSTRATOR INFO BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWritten \u0026amp; Illustrated by: \u003ca href=\"http:\/\/charlesbridge.myshopify.com\/pages\/david-biedrzycki\" title=\"David Biedrzycki bio\"\u003eDavid Biedrzycki\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER HEADING BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eAce hits another one out of the ballpark.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER DESCRIPTION BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAce Lacewing, Bug Detective, is back in his third crime-solving adventure—and this time he’s in the big leagues. The Motham City Stinkbugs finally have a chance at winning the pennant, but somebody has stolen Bugsy Goldwing’s lucky bat. Was it Mickey Mantis, Fly Cobb, Derek Skeeter, or Big Hoppi Leafhopper? When Ace takes the mound, bad bugs are going to strike out.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eTeeming with puns and sight gags, the latest Ace Lacewing mystery will have young readers turning the pages and looking for clues everywhere.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/charlesbridge.blogspot.com\/2018\/04\/charlesbridge-unplugged-4-david.html\" target=\"_blank\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003eListen\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan\u003e to David talk about his books on Charlesbridge Unplugged.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER RECOMMENDATIONS BELOW - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"recommended-books\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIf you like this book, you’ll enjoy these:\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/products\/ace-lacewing-bug-detective\" title=\"Ace Lacewing: Bug Detective\"\u003eAce Lacewing: Bug Detective\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/charlesbridge.myshopify.com\/products\/ace-lacewing-bug-detective-bad-bugs-are-my-business\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"Ace Lacewing: Bad Bugs Are My Business\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003eAce Lacewing: Bad Bugs Are My Business\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"\/products\/what-really-happened-to-humpty\" title=\"What Really Happened to Humpty\"\u003eWhat Really Happened to Humpty?\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - START OF TABS - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e [TABS]\n\u003ch5\u003eLook Inside\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg class=\"cvr-border-gray\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/ace-lacewing-big-swat-spread.jpg?14905456982282816087\"\u003e\u003c!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --\u003e\u003cscript type=\"text\/javascript\" async=\"\" defer data-pin-shape=\"round\" data-pin-height=\"32\" data-pin-hover=\"true\" src=\"\/\/assets.pinterest.com\/js\/pinit.js\"\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAuthor \u0026amp; Illustrator\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eDavid Biedrzycki, author \u0026amp; illustrator\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eDavid 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.\" His clients include Celestial Seasonings®, After the Fall Juices(tm), IBM, and Newsweek.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/charlesbridge.myshopify.com\/pages\/david-biedrzycki\" title=\"David Biedrzycki bio\"\u003eRead more\u003c\/a\u003e about David Biedrzycki.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - ENTER AWARDS \u0026 HONORS BELOW - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAwards \u0026amp; Honors\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eBank Street College of Education's Best Children's Books of the Year\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - ENTER REVIEWS BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eEditorial Reviews\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eKirkus Reviews\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eCan 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.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eSchool Library Journal\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThis adventure takes the buggy private investigator into the world of baseball. Bugsy Goldwing, the star rookie player for the Stinkbugs, Motham City's home team, has his lucky bat stolen right before a big game, and Ace is hired to find it. The trail takes him to ballparks and locker rooms throughout the league. The complicated story unravels slowly and reveals the thief to be Bugsy's competition for the MVP award. The bat is found cracked. But Bugsy realizes that it's not the bat; it's his ability and he knocks the ball out of the park. The case is solved. The Photoshop-produced illustrations are crisp and colorful, although in rather flat hues. The story has a noir feel to it, as the detectives all wear trench coats and talk tough. The lengthy text is laden with insect jokes, puns, and bug names and the plot is rather convoluted. Nonetheless, fans of the previous two Ace Lacewing titles will enjoy this one.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003ci\u003eBayViews\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAce Lacewing returns to solve his third mystery, this time in the world of baseball. Madame Damselfly comes to see Ace about a serious problem; rookie stinkbug Bugsy Goldwing's lucky bat has been stolen and he can't hit without it. Bugsy grew up in Madame Damselfly's Lil'l Larva Orphanage, which is known for turning out Bug League players. Narrationg this noir parody, Ace, with his sidekicks Xerces and Sergeant Zito, investigates each of Bugsy's fellow orphans and ball players, Derek Skeeter, Big Hoppy Leafhopper, Mickey Mantis, and Fly Cobb, to look for clues and find the culprit. The text is chock full of puns and wordplay that will engage a reader, e.g., \"I could have been a fly on the wall. I settled for being a lacewing in a towel cart.\" The brightly colored digital, cartoon style illustrations robustly depict this insect world and are full of fun details to discover, e.g., a depictionof Stinkbug Stadium includes crazed fans shown on the \"Bug-o-Tron\" and sports billboards including \"Got milkweed?\" \"Fresh Dung Poop Corn,\" and an ad for \"No Larva Left Behind.\" Despite the long text, insects, baseball, and mystery are the perfect combo for an exciting story with a satisfying conclusion that will appeal to those with a longer attention span.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eLibrary Media Connection\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBugsy Goldwing is the powerhouse hitter for the Motham City Stinkbugs, but when his lucky bat turns up missing just before the big playoff game, it's time for bug detective Ace Lacewing to step in to solve the mystery. This third in the series of insect detective stories allows young readers to experience the mystery-detective genre through the picture book format. A miniaturized spoof of the dime-store detective novels from the 1940s, this title provides readers, both young and old, with the opportunity to step back in time when right triumphed over wrong and the bad bugs were squashed under the heel of justice. Using Adobe Photoshop, Biedrzycki creates an insect city filled with daily activities and amusements, mcu like those enjoyed by humans. Through clever descriptions and thoughtful personification, Biedrzycki easily lures the reader into a believable world where insects, such as Mickey Mantis, Derek Skeeter, and Fly Cobb, successfully compete in the all-American pastime. Word-play and an abundance of literary concepts are found throughout, making this story not onlt an enjoyable reading experience but also a unique medium for teaching literary elements.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - ENTER DOWNLOADABLES BELOW - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eDownloadables\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: left;\"\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/ace-lacewing-big-swat-cvr.jpg?6709966565311079436\" style=\"display: block; float: none; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"btn-wrapper\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/ace-lacewing-big-swat-hires.zip?6709966565311079436\" class=\"product-btn\"\u003eDownload the Cover\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"btn-wrapper\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/ace-lacewing-activity-kit.pdf?14491383244312017385\" class=\"product-btn\"\u003eDownload the Activity Kit\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER DETAILS BELOW - - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eDetails\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eHardcover\u003c\/strong\u003e \u003cbr\u003eISBN: 978-1-57091-747-9\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003ePaperback\u003c\/strong\u003e \u003cbr\u003eISBN: 978-1-57091-748-6\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eE-book PDF\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cbr\u003e ISBN: 9781607342250\u003cbr\u003e For information about purchasing E-books, \u003ca title=\"E-book\" href=\"http:\/\/charlesbridge.myshopify.com\/pages\/e-books\"\u003eclick here\u003c\/a\u003e.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAges: 5-9\u003cbr\u003ePage count: 44\u003cbr\u003e10 x 10\u003c\/p\u003e\n[\/TABS]","published_at":"2015-06-22T15:30:00-04:00","created_at":"2015-06-22T15:00:59-04:00","vendor":"Charlesbridge","type":"Children's Book","tags":["Browse by Age_Ages 3-6","Browse by Age_Ages 6-10","Browse by Fiction\/Nonfiction_Fiction","Browse by Format_Picture Book","Browse by Language_English","Browse by Subject_Science \u0026 Nature","Browse by Subject_Sports"],"price":895,"price_min":895,"price_max":1695,"available":true,"price_varies":true,"compare_at_price":null,"compare_at_price_min":0,"compare_at_price_max":0,"compare_at_price_varies":false,"variants":[{"id":3917859137,"title":"Hardcover","option1":"Hardcover","option2":null,"option3":null,"sku":"17479","requires_shipping":true,"taxable":false,"featured_image":null,"available":true,"name":"Ace Lacewing, Bug Detective: The Big Swat - Hardcover","public_title":"Hardcover","options":["Hardcover"],"price":1695,"weight":499,"compare_at_price":null,"inventory_quantity":10,"inventory_management":"shopify","inventory_policy":"continue","barcode":"978-1-57091-747-9"},{"id":3918333633,"title":"Paperback","option1":"Paperback","option2":null,"option3":null,"sku":"17486","requires_shipping":true,"taxable":false,"featured_image":null,"available":true,"name":"Ace Lacewing, Bug Detective: The Big Swat - Paperback","public_title":"Paperback","options":["Paperback"],"price":895,"weight":261,"compare_at_price":null,"inventory_quantity":10,"inventory_management":"shopify","inventory_policy":"continue","barcode":"978-1-57091-748-6"}],"images":["\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/products\/ace-lacewing-big-swat-cover.jpg?v=1570199403"],"featured_image":"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/products\/ace-lacewing-big-swat-cover.jpg?v=1570199403","options":["Title"],"content":"\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR\/ILLUSTRATOR INFO BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWritten \u0026amp; Illustrated by: \u003ca href=\"http:\/\/charlesbridge.myshopify.com\/pages\/david-biedrzycki\" title=\"David Biedrzycki bio\"\u003eDavid Biedrzycki\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER HEADING BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eAce hits another one out of the ballpark.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER DESCRIPTION BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAce Lacewing, Bug Detective, is back in his third crime-solving adventure—and this time he’s in the big leagues. The Motham City Stinkbugs finally have a chance at winning the pennant, but somebody has stolen Bugsy Goldwing’s lucky bat. Was it Mickey Mantis, Fly Cobb, Derek Skeeter, or Big Hoppi Leafhopper? When Ace takes the mound, bad bugs are going to strike out.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eTeeming with puns and sight gags, the latest Ace Lacewing mystery will have young readers turning the pages and looking for clues everywhere.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/charlesbridge.blogspot.com\/2018\/04\/charlesbridge-unplugged-4-david.html\" target=\"_blank\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003eListen\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan\u003e to David talk about his books on Charlesbridge Unplugged.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER RECOMMENDATIONS BELOW - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"recommended-books\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIf you like this book, you’ll enjoy these:\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/products\/ace-lacewing-bug-detective\" title=\"Ace Lacewing: Bug Detective\"\u003eAce Lacewing: Bug Detective\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/charlesbridge.myshopify.com\/products\/ace-lacewing-bug-detective-bad-bugs-are-my-business\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"Ace Lacewing: Bad Bugs Are My Business\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003eAce Lacewing: Bad Bugs Are My Business\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"\/products\/what-really-happened-to-humpty\" title=\"What Really Happened to Humpty\"\u003eWhat Really Happened to Humpty?\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - START OF TABS - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e [TABS]\n\u003ch5\u003eLook Inside\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg class=\"cvr-border-gray\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/ace-lacewing-big-swat-spread.jpg?14905456982282816087\"\u003e\u003c!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --\u003e\u003cscript type=\"text\/javascript\" async=\"\" defer data-pin-shape=\"round\" data-pin-height=\"32\" data-pin-hover=\"true\" src=\"\/\/assets.pinterest.com\/js\/pinit.js\"\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAuthor \u0026amp; Illustrator\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eDavid Biedrzycki, author \u0026amp; illustrator\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eDavid 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.\" His clients include Celestial Seasonings®, After the Fall Juices(tm), IBM, and Newsweek.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/charlesbridge.myshopify.com\/pages\/david-biedrzycki\" title=\"David Biedrzycki bio\"\u003eRead more\u003c\/a\u003e about David Biedrzycki.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - ENTER AWARDS \u0026 HONORS BELOW - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAwards \u0026amp; Honors\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eBank Street College of Education's Best Children's Books of the Year\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - ENTER REVIEWS BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eEditorial Reviews\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eKirkus Reviews\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eCan 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.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eSchool Library Journal\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThis adventure takes the buggy private investigator into the world of baseball. Bugsy Goldwing, the star rookie player for the Stinkbugs, Motham City's home team, has his lucky bat stolen right before a big game, and Ace is hired to find it. The trail takes him to ballparks and locker rooms throughout the league. The complicated story unravels slowly and reveals the thief to be Bugsy's competition for the MVP award. The bat is found cracked. But Bugsy realizes that it's not the bat; it's his ability and he knocks the ball out of the park. The case is solved. The Photoshop-produced illustrations are crisp and colorful, although in rather flat hues. The story has a noir feel to it, as the detectives all wear trench coats and talk tough. The lengthy text is laden with insect jokes, puns, and bug names and the plot is rather convoluted. Nonetheless, fans of the previous two Ace Lacewing titles will enjoy this one.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003ci\u003eBayViews\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAce Lacewing returns to solve his third mystery, this time in the world of baseball. Madame Damselfly comes to see Ace about a serious problem; rookie stinkbug Bugsy Goldwing's lucky bat has been stolen and he can't hit without it. Bugsy grew up in Madame Damselfly's Lil'l Larva Orphanage, which is known for turning out Bug League players. Narrationg this noir parody, Ace, with his sidekicks Xerces and Sergeant Zito, investigates each of Bugsy's fellow orphans and ball players, Derek Skeeter, Big Hoppy Leafhopper, Mickey Mantis, and Fly Cobb, to look for clues and find the culprit. The text is chock full of puns and wordplay that will engage a reader, e.g., \"I could have been a fly on the wall. I settled for being a lacewing in a towel cart.\" The brightly colored digital, cartoon style illustrations robustly depict this insect world and are full of fun details to discover, e.g., a depictionof Stinkbug Stadium includes crazed fans shown on the \"Bug-o-Tron\" and sports billboards including \"Got milkweed?\" \"Fresh Dung Poop Corn,\" and an ad for \"No Larva Left Behind.\" Despite the long text, insects, baseball, and mystery are the perfect combo for an exciting story with a satisfying conclusion that will appeal to those with a longer attention span.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eLibrary Media Connection\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBugsy Goldwing is the powerhouse hitter for the Motham City Stinkbugs, but when his lucky bat turns up missing just before the big playoff game, it's time for bug detective Ace Lacewing to step in to solve the mystery. This third in the series of insect detective stories allows young readers to experience the mystery-detective genre through the picture book format. A miniaturized spoof of the dime-store detective novels from the 1940s, this title provides readers, both young and old, with the opportunity to step back in time when right triumphed over wrong and the bad bugs were squashed under the heel of justice. Using Adobe Photoshop, Biedrzycki creates an insect city filled with daily activities and amusements, mcu like those enjoyed by humans. Through clever descriptions and thoughtful personification, Biedrzycki easily lures the reader into a believable world where insects, such as Mickey Mantis, Derek Skeeter, and Fly Cobb, successfully compete in the all-American pastime. 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Ace Lacewing, Bug Detective: The Big Swat

Written & Illustrated by: David Biedrzycki

Ace hits another one out of the ballpark.

Ace Lacewing, Bug Detective, is back in his third crime-solving adventure—and this time he’s in the big leagues. The Motham City Stinkbugs finally have a chance at winning the pennant, but somebody has stolen Bugsy Goldwing’s lucky bat. Was it Mickey Mantis, Fly Cobb, Derek Skeeter, or Big Hoppi Leafhopper? When Ace takes the mound, bad bugs are going to strike out.

Teeming with puns and sight gags, the latest Ace Lacewing mystery will have young readers turning the pages and looking for clues everywhere.

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David Biedrzycki, author & illustrator

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." His clients include Celestial Seasonings®, After the Fall Juices(tm), IBM, and Newsweek.

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Kirkus Reviews

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.

School Library Journal

This adventure takes the buggy private investigator into the world of baseball. Bugsy Goldwing, the star rookie player for the Stinkbugs, Motham City's home team, has his lucky bat stolen right before a big game, and Ace is hired to find it. The trail takes him to ballparks and locker rooms throughout the league. The complicated story unravels slowly and reveals the thief to be Bugsy's competition for the MVP award. The bat is found cracked. But Bugsy realizes that it's not the bat; it's his ability and he knocks the ball out of the park. The case is solved. The Photoshop-produced illustrations are crisp and colorful, although in rather flat hues. The story has a noir feel to it, as the detectives all wear trench coats and talk tough. The lengthy text is laden with insect jokes, puns, and bug names and the plot is rather convoluted. Nonetheless, fans of the previous two Ace Lacewing titles will enjoy this one.

BayViews

Ace Lacewing returns to solve his third mystery, this time in the world of baseball. Madame Damselfly comes to see Ace about a serious problem; rookie stinkbug Bugsy Goldwing's lucky bat has been stolen and he can't hit without it. Bugsy grew up in Madame Damselfly's Lil'l Larva Orphanage, which is known for turning out Bug League players. Narrationg this noir parody, Ace, with his sidekicks Xerces and Sergeant Zito, investigates each of Bugsy's fellow orphans and ball players, Derek Skeeter, Big Hoppy Leafhopper, Mickey Mantis, and Fly Cobb, to look for clues and find the culprit. The text is chock full of puns and wordplay that will engage a reader, e.g., "I could have been a fly on the wall. I settled for being a lacewing in a towel cart." The brightly colored digital, cartoon style illustrations robustly depict this insect world and are full of fun details to discover, e.g., a depictionof Stinkbug Stadium includes crazed fans shown on the "Bug-o-Tron" and sports billboards including "Got milkweed?" "Fresh Dung Poop Corn," and an ad for "No Larva Left Behind." Despite the long text, insects, baseball, and mystery are the perfect combo for an exciting story with a satisfying conclusion that will appeal to those with a longer attention span.

Library Media Connection

Bugsy Goldwing is the powerhouse hitter for the Motham City Stinkbugs, but when his lucky bat turns up missing just before the big playoff game, it's time for bug detective Ace Lacewing to step in to solve the mystery. This third in the series of insect detective stories allows young readers to experience the mystery-detective genre through the picture book format. A miniaturized spoof of the dime-store detective novels from the 1940s, this title provides readers, both young and old, with the opportunity to step back in time when right triumphed over wrong and the bad bugs were squashed under the heel of justice. Using Adobe Photoshop, Biedrzycki creates an insect city filled with daily activities and amusements, mcu like those enjoyed by humans. Through clever descriptions and thoughtful personification, Biedrzycki easily lures the reader into a believable world where insects, such as Mickey Mantis, Derek Skeeter, and Fly Cobb, successfully compete in the all-American pastime. Word-play and an abundance of literary concepts are found throughout, making this story not onlt an enjoyable reading experience but also a unique medium for teaching literary elements.

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Ages: 5-9
Page count: 44
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