Have you ever had one of those moments? You knowyou'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 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.
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a wonderful crime noire in graphic novel format. Taking place in the Bug City all the characters are various insects and arachnids. Joey Fly is a Private Eye (da da daaaa) and Sammy Stingtail (a scorpion) is his sidekick. Written in classic thirties private eye style, "It was a muggy summer day when he walked through my door. Right away, I thought he looked like trouble. I was right.", the book is a pure joy to read. The crime is a fun one to keep kids guessing and following the clues and there is plenty of humour. Most of the art is done in dark blue & white to give that old noire feeling but other colour palettes show up as well to add variety. A lot of fun and definitely a winner! Loved it!
Creepy Crawly Crime has appealing graphics and an engaging text contaminated with humor. The atmosphere is taken from classical detective stories. The characters are insects and they live in a big bug city. Joey Fly is a private detective at the focus of the story, using metaphoric phrases filled up with experiences from the bugs¿ life. On one lazy, hot summer day, while Joey was in his thoughts, a young scorpion named Sammy Stingtail walks into his office with a job. After ¿junior mint¿ claims that he is born for the job, Joey gives him a chance to become his assistant and to start immediately by cleaning his office. His decision turns out to be a mistake because Sammy is too clumsy because of his long tail. He is also a big-mouth and Joe confesses: ¿I had a new assistant that was going to make my life more difficult than fly paper on a windy day.¿Soon enough, a gorgeous butterfly named Delilah needs help from the best. She pays them in cake crumbs to solve the case of her stolen diamond pencil box. Self-confident and suspicious Joey knows that beautiful girls are trouble. If you think you¿ll enjoy this story but your investigative side wasn¿t been evoked enough into this case, Sammy has a list of items for you to find.This is a great graphic novel for younger audience, grade 3 to 6.
"Joey Fly, Private Eye - Creepy Crawly Crime" is a very entertaining, witty read. I read it with my little brother; the humor was subtle enough to have me laughing, yet it was physically funny enough at times (Sammy Stingtail 's sting-tail persistently knocking things down) to keep my 5 year old brother entertained. My favorite thing about it was the illustration. The characters were very cleverly drawn and the shades carefully chosen. The only negative thing about the book is the speed of the story. It moves along very slowly at times. All in all, a very entertaining read!