Sunday, March 24, 2013

Introducing BARNABY THE BEDBUG DETECTIVE by Catherine Stier, Illustrated by Karen Sapp

This just-released picture book features a new kind of hero:

Maybe I'm not the hero type. But I can dream. Sometimes I dream I'm a rescue dog, saving a child lost in the woods. Or a guide dog, helping a person who cannot see. Or a police dog, tracking sneaky robbers. But when I wake up, I must face the truth. It's mostly big dogs who do those jobs. And I'm just Barnaby, a small mutt living in an animal shelter

Barnaby has big dreams, but he finds his true calling when he's adopted into a loving home and becomes a bedbug-sniffing dog—helping to find hidden bedbugs in hotels, on airplanes, in movie theaters, and even in people's homes!

Turn to the last page of the book to meet an adorable, REAL-LIFE bedbug detective, Bernie!


"…engaging characters and a positive atmosphere…just the thing for a family that needs something on bedbugs.'" Kirkus Reviews

"Stier visits a timely subject in this informational picture book. . . .there is plenty of useful information here...friendly illustrations dispel some of the misconceptions about bedbugs." School Library Journal

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