I believe I have already mentioned previously that I am not a huge fan of animal stories. However, since we are actively on the lookout for picture books with a whodunit theme, I grabbed this book from out of our library’s bookshelves in relief the moment I set eyes on it: bug detective! Sounds like just the thing for our Whodunit Bimonthly theme this May/June. When I googled possible resources for this book, I was not surprised to note that it actually received quite a few awards, namely: the Bank Street College of Education’s Best Books of the Year, IRA Children’s Book Award, and a nomination for the North Carolina Children’s Book Award (source here).
A Case for Ace Lacewing. The first several pages managed to set the tone/voice of the entire book. I am not sure if you would get the same impression, but I just had this distinct sense that our Detective has a deep, throaty, kind-of-macho-sinister voice about him as he gives the reader a description of who he is and what he does:
It was a night like any other night in the city. Hot and sticky. Great weather if you’re a bug. Everyone’s a bug in Motham City. Some good, some bad.
Bad bugs are my business.