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.
At Nate’s school there is a new “Guess that Baby” bulletin board. The board is full of sixth grader’s baby pictures.
Nate finds the best looking baby on the board and is sure it is Jenny, “the most awesome girl in the whole sixth grade….She’s the best-looking baby here. By FAR!” (page 9) But the picture ISN’T Jenny, it’s Gina, Nate’s LEAST favorite person in the whole world. And Nate has just announced to the whole sixth grade that Gina is the best looking, “by FAR!”
This is like one of those bad dreams where everyone else has clothes on and you’re in your underwear…I just might puke. (pages 13-14)
Nate’s day gets worse when he gets paired with Gina for a research project and gets stuck with her on his fleece-ball team. When Gina manages to get their team named the Kuddle Kittens instead of Wrecking Balls, Grave Diggers or No Mercy Nate tries to take matters into his own hands, with typical wimpy kid-like results. Author: Lincoln Peirce
You can get a sneak peek online of the upcoming The Lightning Thief Graphic Novel – no password required. The scene is where Percy, Annabeth and Grover visit Auntie Em’s Garden Gnome Emporium. Read It. I think he looks pretty cool on the cover.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid 5 The Ugly Truth comes out November 9, 2010, and now we know the title and what the cover looks like
The publisher announced that they are printing 5 million copies to start out – that’s a bunch. The author, Jeff Kinney, says:
“To me, the fifth book is the linchpin of the series….Since Greg Heffley is a cartoon character but also a literary character, I’ve always wondered if he should grow up or stay in a state of arrested development forever. This book answers that question once and for all.” (From Publisher’s Weekly)
So what do you think? Will he have Greg grow up are stay the same age? I also read that the second Diary of a Wimpy Kid movied, based on Rodrick Rules, will come out March 25, 2011. That’s not too far away!
Amelia and Rhonda have decided that they aren’t and can’t be popular. What they really DON”T want to be is unpopular. They just want to be right there in the middle.
To accomplish their goal of not being unpopular they consult the book The Tweenage Guide to Not Being Unpopular…which offers all kinds of ridiculous popularity advice for them to try. They try out new hairstyles, new friends, and they even try out for cheerleading…with surprising results.
Funny, sincere and truthful as always - Amelia really does rule. She’s the friend you want to have and the friend you want to be. Author: Jimmy Gownley