Joey Fly, Private Eye, and his sidekick Sammy Stingtail are back solving another mystery in Bug City. This time they are hired by the tarantula Hairy Spyderson, owner of the Scarab Beetle Theatre. Hairy’s leading lady, Greta Divawing, is missing. No leading lady means no show and no show means no money. Hairy is desperate and says money is no object – he wants his lady back! Hairy hands Joey a downpayment for his detecting:
“It was a hefty wad of bread, the crusty European kind. With this kind of dough, I could leave a longer trail of bread crumbs than Hansel and Gretel.” (page 35)
Joey and Sammy head to the place Greta was least seen – the theater – to talk to all of the cast members who might have seen her before she turned up missing. Somebody has to know something, and Joey will find out what it is…unless Sammy talks to much, destroys clues, falls in love with a suspect, or whacks him in the head with his stinger.
Jamie Kelly makes me laugh every time. This is her 11th book and I still think she’s funny. I can be reading a Dear Dumb Diary book alone and still laugh outloud.
Jamie’s best friend is Isabella. Angeline is the girl she doesn’t like too much – Angeline is beautiful and smart and blah, blah, blah. When Jamie’s Aunt marries Angeline’s Uncle, it’s like they HAVE to be friends. At first, this doesn’t go all that well. But the summer after they become “almost related” Jamie has a change of heart.
“At some point during the summer, I started to think that it was wrong of me to hate Angeline because of how she looked. And smelled. And laughed. And smiled. And blinked. And sat.” (page 2″
Jealous much?! Jamie decides it isn’t Angeline’s fault that she was born beautiful, so Jamie decides not to hate her anymore.
“I know Dumb Diary. It’s hard to understand how excellent that makes me – to not hate somebody who seems to be asking for it – but let me clear it up for you: It makes me PURE excellent. As excellent as an angel with the power to shoot frosting out her eyes.” (page 3)
Only Jamie could impress herself for not hating someone! Now that Jamie doesn’t hate Angeline anymore she’s got TWO BFFs, both Angeline and Isabella.
But then Isabella says Jamie can kick her in the face and Jamie does. Isabella just can’t believe it. HOW could Jamie a “huge, girly, sissy girl” kick her, and kick her HARD? The girls decide that Jamie has somehow acquired some kind of boy superpowers. And these powers aren’t just physical either. Jamie can now figure out what boys are thinking, at least, she thinks she can. Is she right? Or are her new superpowers all wrong? Author: Jim Benton
Greg and Rowley have had a disagreement and are no longer hanging out. Greg ‘s getting a little worried because school starts up soon and if he and Rowley aren’t friends again by then, who will he sit with at lunch? Not worried enough to actually DO anything about it though because, well, he’s Greg and that’s how Greg operates.
The only other kid my age who’s not paired up with someone is Fregley, but I ruled him out as best friend material a long time ago. (page 3)
Then Greg gets turned down for a commercial appearance, his Grandpa is his babysitter, his Mom goes back to work & he has to be the assistant ring bearer in his Uncle Gary’s fourth wedding. Like always Greg complains & whines & blames all of his troubles on somebody else – anybody except himself. What I’m saying is that he’s the same old Greg. And he’s still fun. I can think of a few days when I wanted to whine just like him. Author: Jeff Kinney Series: Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Jamie Kelly’s got some big plans for her summer vacation including swimming with dolphins and watching every scary movie ever made. Her best friend Isabella has a list too. They combine the two lists for a shared “List of Summer Excellence.” The problem is that every single thing on their lists costs money, which they don’t have.
At dinner tonight, I talked a little about my summer plans. Mom and Dad made their “expensive” face at every one of my ideas. I don’t know how they do it, but they have a way of tilting their heads and twisting their eyebrows as if to say, “That Costs Too Much,” without ever actually opeing their mouths. It’s like living with a pair of disapproving mimes. (page 18)
Things start to look up for The Summer of Excellence when Jamie’s Uncle Dan and Aunt Carol come over and announce that they will take Jamie, Isabella, & their other (sort of) friend Angeline (who happens to be Uncle Dan’s niece) to Screamotopia, an amusement park at which they can accomplish one of their Summer of Excellence goals – ride a roller coaster.
Uncle Dan and Aunt Carol will pay for the car trip and the hotel – the three girls have to come up with the price of admission. No problem, they say. They can babysit, walk dogs, wash cars, sell lemonade – it will be noooo problem coming up with $100 a piece in 3 weeks. Exept we’re talking Jamie Kelly here. If there was ever a kid who could turn a group project into a disaster…it’s her! Laugh outloud funny diary entries from the one and only Jamie Kelly. If you like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, give these a try. Author: Jim Benton
Hector, Terrence and Dee find out their lunch lady can sling more than mystery meat. When their favorite teacher mysteriously stops showing up for class the kids take a look at their new substitute and decide there’s something just not quite right about him. When that same substitute refuses to eat the Lunch Lady’s famous French toast sticks, she decides there’s something not quite right too.
The kids follow the substitue after school. The Lunch Lady follows the substitue after school. Where does he go? Straight to a secret warehouse to meet his evil genius boss. Will his evil plan work?
Not if it’s up to this Lunch Lady who’s got exploding chicken nuggets and fish stick nunchucks hidden in her apron pockets. With her gadget making sidekick Betty, she keeps order in her cafeteria…and in the world.