Title: Ace Lacewing Bug Detective: Bad Bugs Are My Business
Author and Illustrator: David Biedrzycki
Concepts: competition, incentives, entrepreneur, strikes, wages
Review: Ace Lacewing, the best detective in town, has a new case to solve. The client, a small flea named Scratch Murphy who owns Six Legs Amusement Park, has a big problem: someone hit him on the head with a toolbox and stole his flea bag stuffed with money. Without that money, Scratch cannot pay back the construction loan he took out from the bank.
Armed with his keen detective skills and trusty companions, Ace Lacewing loses no time in digging for clues and interrogating the suspects. The banker needed money for an expensive trip; the carpenter ants had gone on strike over their low wages; Bo Weevil was hopping mad that Scratch had put Bo’s cotton candy stand right next to a competing honey stand; and Scratch’s girl-friend and his brother were observed exchanging a suspicious package. Everyone has a motive, so who stole the money?
Young readers of all ages will enjoy this fast-paced and clever book. Not only do the bug puns come fast and furious, the marvelous illustrations add a wealth of bug humor and visual detail. On top of the wit, the author uses a number of economic incentives to shape the suspects’ motives, making Bad Bugs Are My Business a truly satisfying read all-around.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children