10 Little Insects
A hilarious, innovative riff on Agatha Christie's celebrated whodunnit 10 Little Indians, in graphic novel form
For discerning readers who have been crying out for a book featuring a stick insect famous for doing impressions of sticks, a detective with a sidekick who is a three-week old larva, a preying mantis who is deadly with a drinks trolley, and a fly who is just there for the dung—your luck has finally turned! In this innovative graphic novel for younger readers, 10 very different insects, each with something to hide, are brought together to a mysterious house on a secluded island for the weekend. Then, one by one, they start dying in very unusual circumstances. But all is not as it seems, as Cali and Pianina delightfully subvert the whodunnit genre with a story that is at once brilliant, baffling, laugh-out-loud funny, and somewhat surreal.
Davide Cali is one of Europe's most innovative and acclaimed writers for children. He is the author of more than 20 illustrated books, including "The Enemy: A Book About Peace," "Mama Robot," and "Santa's Suit." Vincent Pianina is an acclaimed illustrator. In 2010 his work was selected for "Rue d'Artico," a prestigious anthology showcasing the work of Europe's top young illustrators.