MODULE 9: MYSTERY
ACE LACEWING: BUG DETECTIVE
Summary: The gritty Ace Lacewing is the only one who can find Queenie Bee when she disappears in this tongue-in-cheek, noir spoof. Ace is a private detective in Motham City and determined to find the missing girl. With his friends Dr. Blue and Sergeant Zito, Ace follows the clues. Through questioning a series of suspects, Ace discovers there is more to the case. The author uses clever puns to keep both in the insect realm and the noir feel of the book .The illustrations evoke classic black and white detective films with the use of dark colors. This is a great mystery and the beginning to a promising series.
Citation: Biedrzycki, D. (2005). Ace Lacewing: Bug detective. Watertown, MA:
Charlesbridge Pub Inc.
Impression: I thought that this was an adorable, punny book full of mystery and allusions to noir film. I enjoyed the detailed illustrations and laughed out loud at the subtle jokes. Children will enjoy the amusing tale, but adults will really get what the author has done with all the references to classic detective stories.
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Uses: I would use this book in a display for younger mystery books. Sometimes this can be hard to find, beyond some of the classics. The display could be completed with a simple murder mystery on a bulletin board that kids could do on their own time. This also lends itself to a program about bugs and could be paired with the movie, A Bug’s Life.