Tuesday, November 9, 2010


Normally I stick to YA on this blog, but I have decided to take a break from all things teen this month and write about a children's books I read this past week.

As said in an earlier post, I had the pleasure of receiving an ARC of JOEY FLY, PRIVATE EYE 2. I won't give away the whole plot, but I will say that I really liked this book. This is a book that will appeal to kids of many ages. Aaron Reynolds writes a cute plot about a detective who is a fly (now what boy doens't love bugs? Even my 6 year old girl loved it!) who is on a case to find a missing butterfly diva. Fun bug puns have you giggling on each page and there weaves a theme of bug info. that teaches kids about inects in a clever, subtle way. Neil Numberman's illustrations are delightful and bring the story to life, filling the dialogue with extra humor. I must say that one of my favorite parts were the bed bugs. They didn't play a huge role, but their cute little shapes on the page were a lot of fun and made me laugh.

Here is the synopsis:

A cold snap has blown into town like an unwanted house pest. But there’s only one guy in the bug city with the power to put crime permanently on ice: Joey Fly, Private Eye. He’s always on the lookout for trouble, and he runs into it when he meets Harry Spyderson, proprietor of the Scarab Beetle Theatre and director of the much-anticipated Bugliacci.

Greta Divawing, the four-winged, long-legged leading lady, has gone missing. Harry hires Joey Fly and his assistant, Sammy Stingtail to crack the case. Can they find Greta in time to save the show?

This book would be a great gift for kids for Christmas this year. Stick around for a contest on the 20th and guest blogging by the author/illustrator. You will have a change to win a 'bug characature' by Neil.

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