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Children's LiteratureQueenie Bee has been kidnapped! A blind maggot is the only witness. Everyone who was in the area seems to have an alibi. The only one willing to talk has been gassed. There is no reason to worry, though—Ace Lacewing, Bug Detective, is on the case. With a little luck and some help from his friends, Ace just might have this case wrapped up before the night is through. He had better. Coroner and girlfriend Doctor Xerces Blue will not be too pleased if he does not. And he had better be careful. Xerces will also not be too pleased if she has to take his body to the morgue. David Biedrzycki's light-hearted nod to old-time detectives is sure to appeal to parents as well as children. Though it is wordier than many other picture books, this story is quick-paced and the dialogue should be fun during read-alouds. 2005, Charlesbridge, Ages 4 to 8.
—Heidi Hauser Green