Big Hairy Drama (Joey Fly, Private Eye, Book 2)

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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 ...

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Overview

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?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Reynolds and Numberman have teamed up once again for a bug's-eye view of detective Joey Fly and his lovable sidekick, Sammy Stingtail, in a sequel that will delight fans of the duo's popular first adventure, Creepy Crawly Crime. This time, Greta Divawing, a painted lady butterfly and star of Harry Spyderson's upcoming stage production of Bugliacci, has gone missing, less than a week before the show opens. Spyderson hires Joey Fly to take the case, and both he and Sammy must wade through a cast of arthropods to figure out who—or rather whatdunnit. Some readers may be bugged by Joey's penchant for puns or protracted narrative voice-overs. However, they will have no objection to the overall hijinks. Numberman's stripped-down art combines just the right amount of grotesquerie with lively storytelling to propel the story along. Ages 9–12. (Nov.)
Children's Literature - Michael Jung PhD.
Everyone's favorite bug detective (and his smart-mouthed scorpion sidekick) returns in this sequel to Reynold and Numberman's well-received graphic novel Creepy Crawly Crime. This time, Joey Fly and Sammy Stingtail are trying to find leading butterfly actress Greta Divawing, who mysteriously disappeared before the opening of her new production, Bugliacci. Hired by Greta's high-strung director, Harry Spyderson, Joey and Sammy get an all-access pass to Harry's Scarab Beetle Theatre, which puts them in touch with a bizarre assortment of oddball insect actors, each with a possible motive for getting rid of Greta. Could the culprit be Feleeago, the stinkbug villain of the play? Trixie Featherfeelers, a Gypsy moth looking to move up? Or maybe one of those bloodsucking kids in the Bedbug Chorus? And how does that mysterious note in Greta's dressing room—with the ominous message "nation in the trap"—fit in with the case? As opening night creeps up, Joey and Sammy must sort through clues both hidden and obvious to arrive at the secret of Greta's disappearance. A great follow-up to Creepy Crawly Crime, Big Hairy Drama offers a fun mystery-comedy with a surprise ending that ties in perfectly with the graphic novel's insect theme. Numberman's artwork retains its quirky style and includes a number of hilarious semi-gross sight gags (mostly dealing with insects eating garbage) that kids will love. A fun find for fans of offbeat silliness. Book 2 in the "Joey Fly: Private Eye" series. Reviewer: Michael Jung, PhD
School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—Entomology and comics come together in this entertaining mystery. Capitalizing on the success of Joey Fly, Private Eye in Creepy Crawly Crime (Holt, 2009), Reynolds and Numberman have created another case for the hard-boiled private investigator. Tarantula Harry Spyderson reports that butterfly Greta Divawing, star of his Scarab Beetle Theater, is missing. Joey proceeds to round up the suspects, including understudy moth Trixie Featherfeelers. "She was playing a small part in the production. But as they say in showbiz, there are no small parts, only small insects." Rapid-fire puns will keep young readers chuckling. Sammy Stingtail, the scorpion with a rear end that takes up an entire zip code is the bumbling sidekick, unable to piece together the evidence. However, readers with an understanding of insect behavior will deduce what has happened to the leading lady and will enjoy following the clues that reveal her location. An abundance of interesting information on the world of insects and arthropods finds its way into this ever-clever, always-engaging tale. Nice visual foreshadowing gives attentive readers the information that they will need to help Joey solve the case. Illustrations are playful, and nicely suit the atmosphere of the story. The use of alternating monochromatic panels to signal a change of scene is excellent. A find-the-character quiz on the last page will send readers back to the story, searching again for clues.—Barbara M. Moon, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805082432
  • Publisher: Square Fish
  • Publication date: 11/23/2010
  • Series: Joey Fly, Private Eye Series , #2
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 267,288
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: GN440L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 10.25 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Aaron Reynolds hates spiders, but he loves bugs and books. He has written several books for kids, including Chicks and Salsa. Aaron lives near Chicago with his family.

www.aaron-reynolds.com

Neil Numberman is okay with flies and ladybugs, but he’s deathly afraid of cockroaches. He graduated from the MFA Illustration program at the School of Visual Arts and lives in Manhattan.

www.neilnumberman.com

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