Welcome to another Write a Review Wednesday, a meme started by Tara Lazar as a way to show support to authors of kids literature. Last week we reviewed Silver Dolphin Books’ Snappy Sounds Space. This week, with my son’s T-ball wrapping up, I thought it was fitting to review Charlesbridge’s Ace Lacewing Bug Detective: The Big Swat (age 5-8), written and illustrated by David Biedrzycki. I have to thank Donna at Charlesbridge Publishing for my review copy.
Ace Lacewing returns in his third book, The Big Swat, as part of the Ace Lacewing detective series. Like many athletes, Bugsy Goldwing, the Motham City Stinkbug’s star player, is superstitious and feels his streak of good luck is due to his lucky bat. But when this bat goes missing, Madame Damselfy calls in Ace Lacewing, Bug Detective to help solve the case.
Through language, characters and story development, the Ace Lacewing, Bug Detective series, pays homage to those classic detective stories parents may remember. Even if kids don’t recognize this, they will love solving the mystery with Ace. Kids will laugh out loud at the puns and suspects, like Hoppi Leafhopper, Mickey Mantis and Fly Cobb.
My 5-year-old son loved the baseball theme and the mystery in Ace Lacewing Bug Detective: The Big Swat. Even without catching or understanding some of the baseball puns he still enjoyed the characters and figuring who the thief was. He’s now interested in reading the other books in the series: Ace Lacewing Bug Detective and Ace Lacewing: Bad Bugs are my Business.
You can add Ace Lacewing Bug Detective: The Big Swat to your personal library by visiting your local bookstore or Charlesbridge Publishing. If you’re looking for other great book for kids, read through the past Write a Review Wednesday post.