Synopses & Reviews
Have you ever had one of those moments? You know—youre trying to find a stolen diamond pencil box for your beautiful butterfly customer, your mosquito witness wont give you any information, and your clumsy scorpion assistant has just tampered with your only bit of evidence?
Joey Fly has those moments a lot. In fact, hes probably having one right now. But that wont stop him from solving the mystery in Creepy Crawly Crime, his fantastic first graphic novel!
"In this first installment of the Joey Fly, Private Eye series, Reynolds (Buffalo Wings) and Numberman, who makes a wowser of a debut, marry the film noir spoof to the graphic novel, and the result has the sweet smell of success written all over it. The mystery takes readers to the big insect city, where most of the inhabitants are 'normal everyday bugs just trying to put three feet in front of the others.' But there are always a few rotten arthropods in the barrel, and keeping them in line is Joey Fly, a detective with a fedora, a sense of justice masquerading as cynicism, a flair for similes and really, really big eyes. Joey, clearly an adult, is given a sidekick, an impetuous but eager scorpion named Sammy Stingtail. The crime does get solved it involves a stolen diamond pencil box but like the best noirs, the particulars take a backseat to the irresistible interplay of moody visuals (Numberman wryly replicates the chiaroscuro mis-en-scne of Depression-era cinema) and hard-boiled patois ('The facts were starting to line up like centipedes at a shoe sale'). Ages 8 up. There's nothing quite like a familiar face, and there are plenty of them to go around in this spring's crop of picture books." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"This playful pun-a-minute comic-book mystery is sure to charm....An auspicious series kick-off." Kirkus Reviews
"Reynolds expertly injects a buggy layer of hilarious high jinks. Numberman takes it one step further by using the dark color schemes most associated with film noir combined with clean, detailed art. Kids will get caught in the web of this classic mystery cleverly disguised as a simple bug's tale." Booklist
Have you ever had one of those moments? You know — you're trying to find a stolen diamond pencil box for your beautiful butterfly customer, your mosquito witness won't give you any information, and your clumsy scorpion assistant has just tampered with your only bit of evidence?
Joey Fly has those moments a lot. In fact, he's probably having one right now. But that won't stop him from solving the mystery in Creepy Crawly Crime, his fantastic first graphic novel!
About the Author
Aaron Reynolds is a human, not a bug, but he often writes about bugs. He is the author of Chicks and Salsa
, Superhero School
, Buffalo Wings
, and, of course, the Joey Fly, Private Eye
Neil Numberman is a termite currently residing in New York City. Joey Fly, Private Eye is his first graphic novel, while his first picture book, Do NOT Build a Frankenstein, comes out next Halloween. See more work at NeilNumberman.com.