Qty:1
  • List Price: $8.95
  • Save: $0.80 (9%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 13 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: This item is used and has some wear. Qualifies for free shipping and prime programs.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Ace Lacewing: Bug Detective Paperback – July 1, 2008


See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Paperback
"Please retry"
$8.15
$3.99 $0.21
Best%20Books%20of%202014


Frequently Bought Together

Ace Lacewing: Bug Detective + Ace Lacewing, Bug Detective: The Big Swat + Ace Lacewing, Bug Detective: Bad Bugs Are My Business
Price for all three: $25.25

Some of these items ship sooner than the others.

Buy the selected items together
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Hero Quick Promo
Year-End Kindle Daily Deals
Load your library with great books for $2.99 or less each, today only. Learn more

Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Series: Ace Lacewing, Bug Detective
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge; 1 edition (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570916845
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570916847
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #421,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 1-4–Motham City is abuzz with the kidnapping of Queenie Bee, and Ace Lacewing, the Sam Spade of insects, is on the case. His motto is, Bad bugs are my business. Lacewing follows the trail of honey with the help of his gal, Doctor Xerces Blue, and Sergeant Zito, a mosquito. A motley (and sometimes molting) assortment of suspects is questioned. Their character traits are based on facts: The roaches said of course they ran from the scene of the crime–it was their nature to scatter when the lights go on. Puns and wordplay abound: I've known him ever since we were pupae at the same school; The full moon hung in the sky like a large compound eye.... The digitally enhanced illustrations evoke a film noir atmosphere, with moody blue and black backgrounds. The pages are also brimming with humorous details such as glowworm street lamps, Bug Off police tape, and Slow Larvae road signs. This clever parody of hard-boiled detective stories is sure to tickle readers' thorax.–Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

Gr. 2-4, younger for reading aloud. When Queenie Bee, of Hive Rise Honey, goes missing, Motham City is abuzz. Tough P.I. Ace Lacewing ("Bad bugs are my business") is on the case. Red herrings (mosquitoes, maggots, and walkingsticks in this case) abound, all with different stories, but the trench-coat-and--fedora-clad detective remains undaunted, sleuthing his way through the clues until a sticky surprise revelation. Biedrzycki (The Beetle Alphabet Book, 2003) makes his debut as an author here, and although his story is sometimes text heavy, it's filled with snappy dialogue, wordplay, and puns that will especially appeal to kids with some knowledge of insects (words such as pupae are used). The slick, computer-assisted art has a cartoon flair; and its shadowy backgrounds have a noir flavor. Biedrzycki uses occasional pops of primary color and an array of perspectives and witty detail to add interest. Entertaining fare for those who appreciate creepy crawlies on the humorous side, this will attract both good readers and fans of seek-and-find books. Shelle Rosenfeld
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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.

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
5 star
11
4 star
3
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 14 customer reviews
The illustrations are wonderful.
Amazon Customer
Enter the world of Ace Lacewing and you will be hooked!
Ralphness Monster
He wants it read to him every night.
Megan M

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Allen Greenbaum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on December 25, 2009
Format: Paperback
'Ace Lacewing' uses the 1930's-40's hard-boiled, clipped, and clever detective narrative most associated with Raymond Chandler to tell the story of trench-coated Ace's search for Queenie Bee, kidnapped somewhere in Motham City. Ace and his bug-amour, Doctor Xerces Blues, a beautiful green-toned butterfly, rush off to rescue Queenie, rather than enjoy a quiet dinner of aphids a la mode.

The insect-detective genre is unusual, and therefore should be captivating for the small fry (even those who don't know film noir from a chocolate brownie) exciting, the jokes (generally insect and detective related puns and jokes) are uneven, either clever or just groan-eliciting: "The aphids will have to stew, Sweetheart,' I said. 'Queenie Bee's in a honey of a jam.' Downtown the traffic as crawling, That's what traffic does in Motham. It really crawls.'

Biedrzycki introduces assorted (and sometimes sordid) other insect characters, including Sgt. Zito, "a mosquito," a maggot who saw the crime (although, as a maggot, he has no eyes, and reportedly can't give directions because he has no arms or legs), a giant Tiger Beetle who smacks Ace when he gets to close to Queenie, and the usual suspects: Some roaches, a cicado who "molted and flew out the window," Twig ("a walkingstick who "couldn't have run anywhere"), and Smooch, the assassin bug ("No one wanted to get near his kisser."

The chase quickens when a bombadier beetle passes gas that knocks out a bee with information that Queenie's being held in ther own factory, the Honeyorks. There's a bit more light scatalogical humor as our heroes sneak into factory by leaping onto some beetles' dung ball.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Meyer on February 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
.. what it is like to live in Motham City: the signs, the personality of different bugs, the food, the transportation. We have had such fun with this book. Each time I read it to someone (even adults) we find some new little something in the drawings -- like the SWAT team that carries fly swatters! What a wonderful sense of humor this man has! I feel like detective Friday when I read this book out loud and like a kid when I'm peering into the city on each page.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Weinman on May 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I am a elementary school teacher with a class of second grade gifted students.I am teaching them the mystery genre and they really enjoyed

listening to it and identifying all the bugs in the story.I think that it would be enjoyed at every grade level.The illustrations were great and it had a twist at the end.A super read
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 28, 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My daughter loves this book! Each time we would go to a book store, she would look for this book and spend our whole visit reading it. She loves both bugs and mysteries, so this wrapped it all up in one neat little package. She is an advanced reader and we gave her the book for her 6th birthday earlier this year. It is still a hit! The illustrations are wonderful. The author did an EXCELLENT job of using insect related terms to write the book. We would love it if a whole series of Ace Lacewing made it to the bookshelves!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Paperback
Delightful story absolutely meant to be read out loud in your best 1930's noir detective voice. Bright, colorful illustrations. Love it!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Some years ago, I saw a show at the Orlando Science Center that featured a bug in a trench coat who talked like Sam Spade. I wondered what it was based on. Now I know: Ace Lacewing, Bug Detective.

The voice in my head when I read this book had a Sam Spade accent still. Maybe because I saw that skit years ago. Maybe not. In any case, Ace Lacewing, Bug Detective does read like Dashiell Hammett meets the insect world in picture book form. It’s great fun. And funny. When I reached the line “I wondered if he had a license to pass gas” I laughed out loud. I know people who need that license.

The artwork is wonderful. The bugs look like bugs. In clothes. And having facial expression. In film noir. And yet the species is still recognizable. Perfect!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By Elaine on October 4, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I ordered this for my grandson after reading a good review and we were not disappointed. It is an imaginative world with wonderful illustrations.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?