Barnaby the Bedbug Detective

“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!

  • 9780807509036
  • May 2015

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  • Stier visits a timely subject in this informational picture book…there is plenty of useful information here, including endpapers with bedbug facts, and tips for preventing infestation, and how to find evidence of bedbugs.

    - School Library Journal

  • Cheery illustrations painted in acrylics help to create believable, engaging characters and a positive atmosphere. Overall, a reassuring introduction to a potentially scary subject, and just the thing for a family that needs “something on bedbugs.”

    - Kirkus Reviews

  • Meet Barnaby, who will not only charm readers with his scrappy smile, but also educate them about bedbugs.

    - Library Media Connection


Karen Sapp

Common Core

RL.K,1,3.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9,10 RL.2.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,10


  • Accelerated Reader Points: 0.50
  • ATOS Level: 3.00