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Ace Lacewing, Bug Detective: The Big Swat Hardcover – July 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 580L (What's this?)
  • Series: Ace Lacewing, Bug Detective
  • Hardcover: 44 pages
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge (July 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570917477
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570917479
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 10.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,779,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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K-Gr 2–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.Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI
© Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

About the Author

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.

More About the Author

David Biedrzycki has been drawing since he
was 4 years old. Growing up he wrote and
illustrated his own books for family and friends.
A commercial artist since 1980, his art has
appeared in magazines, book covers, billboards,
posters, juice bottles and even ice cream boxes.
He illustrated his first children's book in 1996.
Now David has returned to his first love of writing
and illustrating his own books. He also visits over
70 schools a year sharing his work with aspiring
writers, illustrators and readers.

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By Megan M on May 21, 2013
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Bought this for my boyfriend's 5-year-old son and he absolutely loves it. He wants it read to him every night.
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By Jenny Rose on March 14, 2012
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As soon as my daughter discovers another one has been published, she wants it. And how can a mom say no when a child is asking for more books? She loves them and we love them. The author does such a great job of pairing human characteristics to the bugs.
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By My Two Cents on January 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is the third in the series of Ace Lacewing, Bug Detective stories. I teach reading to middle school students and they loved the first book in the series, which is far and above the best one, with its witty wordplay and memorable characters. For a picture book to hold the attention of middle school students says a lot about the story and pictures. The two sequels, while enjoyable, do not reach quite the same level of quality as the inaugural book. In this book, Ace has to find who stole a lucky baseball bat from a local player. What's most fun in this book is reading all the little jokes that are worked into the pictures. While still a worthwhile read, I would like to see a return of the word play that made the first book so much fun.
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Format: Hardcover
I asked for a copy of this book to review because I mistook it for an educational book about bugs. It's not. Well, not exactly. You can't use it to teach facts about bugs, however, it can be used as a fun introduction to a unit on bugs.

This is a picture book mystery about a stolen bat, how the star (Bugsy Goldwing) couldn't function without his lucky bat and how he learns that he can. He can do it!

The cast is all bugs: mantis, stinkbugs, leafhoppers and other creatures from the insect world. The text features some hilarious statements such as, "The roach almost jumped out of his exoskeleton." and "Hoppi came up seven aphids short of home plate." The illustrations are colorful and unique.

So, although I was disappointed it was not an "educational" book, I highly recommend it, especially for boys and any kid who loves bugs, baseball and detective stories.
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