Aaron Reynolds and Neil Numberman
They're baaackk! Joey Fly and his brilliant, NOT, assistant Sammy Stingtail that is! This time Joey is looking for a Painted Lady, no not the butterfly, well, yes, yes it is the butterfly. The actress, Greta Divawing, is missing. Greta is not just any actress though, her skills are so legendary she's known as The Painted Lady and Harry Spyderson has hired the boys to track her down. Joey is on the case and eager to use his extensive knowledge of the thee-Ah-ter, after all he was in his "grade school production of A Lice in Wonderland!"
Neil Numberman has continued his use of monochromatic scenes to keep that old-timey feel. Well, there is that one scene where Numberman subtly includes the full-color cover of Joey Fly, Private Eye: Creepy, Crawly Crime. (Much the same way I just included a link to my review of Joey Fly!)
My ThoughtsThe mystery is a little more involved in this second volume of Joey Fly. We learn about theater life as well as about the lives of some of the bugs that are included in Big Hairy Drama. The jokes come quickly and continuously but are like add-ons to the story so it can be read on different levels. I like that there isn't any violence so I can give to 6th graders but there's a little romance so I can also give this to 8th graders. We could actually add this one to the 7th grade mystery unit. Give this one out with Joey Fly: Creepy, Crawly Crime, Don't Feed the Bully, and Jack Lime.
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