Big Bad Detective Agency

by Bruce Hale, Illustrated By Bruce Hale

Scholastic Paperbacks
February 2015

Ages 7 – 10 . Grades 2 – 5

Lexile measure: 570L

DRA: 40

Guided Reading: Q

The houses of all Three (not-so-) Little Pigs were broken into and ransacked, and the Pigs are squealing for justice. So Prince Tyrone, ruler of Fairylandia, drags in the obvious suspect: Wolfgang.

The lone wolf has big teeth, sharp claws, no alibi -- and a single day to find the real culprit and clear his big bad name. When Wolf (reluctantly) teams up with the fourth Little Pig to crack the case, the Big Bad Detective Agency -- and an adventure way funnier than your average fairy tale -- is off to a howling start!
Bruce Hale

Bruce Hale is the Edgar-nominated author and/or illustrator of more than 40 seriously funny books for children, including Big Bad Detective Agency and the Chet Gecko, School for S.P.I.E.S., and Clark the Shark series. He lives in Southern California, where he is also an actor, Latin jazz musician, and award-winning storyteller. You can find him online at


  • Praise for Big Bad Detective Agency :

    "Hale… ably combines noir 'lite' with fairy tale figures and slapstick into his lively narrative. Young readers will happily tag along with Wolfgang and Ferkel as they grill fairy tale characters… and Hale provides enough information for readers to solve the mystery themselves." -- Booklist

    "Simple sentences and repeated phrases give this easy reader plenty of accessibility, while the occasional challenging word offers more independent readers an opportunity to stretch their skills. Cartoonish black and white art depicts lively critters and a refreshingly diverse human population for a fairy-tale world. Readers will be happy to return for [the big bad] Wolf and Ferkel's next big case." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

    Praise for Bruce Hale :

    "The steady humor, eye-catching illustrations, and crazy cast of characters... keep this chapter book entertaining." -- Children's Literature

    "Mystery buffs -- and newcomers to the genre -- will devour Hale's funny chapter books." -- The Horn Book


Paperback / softback

Perfect-bound Paperback

ISBN: 9780545665384

128pp. | 5-¼ x 7-⅝