Trouble in Bugland: A Collection of Inspector Mantis Mysteries
Now in its third printing: a collection of five detective stories with an all-insect cast of characters. Follow Inspector Mantis, of brilliant mind, supersensitive antennae, and iron grip, and his faithful sidekick Doctor Hopper, an accomplished violinist and long-jumper, along with a bevy of buggy bandits, as they solve entomological cases with clever sleuthing.
Going forth from his little cottage at 221B Flea Street, Inspector Mantis, accompanied by his trusted colleague Doctor Hopper, solves "The Case of the Missing Butterfly," "The Case of the Caterpillar's Head," and three other antennae-bending mysteries puzzling the populace of Victorian Bugland. Criminal detection, combined entomology, makes this, in the words of The Horn Book, "the most engaging and cleverest reincarnation of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson yet." Joe Servello's color and pen-&-ink drawings bring exquisite period detail to these tales: steam engines, deerstalkers, fog, and mandibles have never been more lovingly crosshatched.
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Review: Trouble in Bugland: A Collection of Inspector Mantis MysteriesUser Review - Faith Fishcrazy - Goodreads
The writing is somewhat elementary, so I think it is geared to a elementary-school-age audience. The younger siblings will LOVE it. It is an easy read and it is a fun read. Read full review
Review: Trouble in Bugland: A Collection of Inspector Mantis MysteriesUser Review - Nancy - Goodreads
Really fun the way bugs are characterized: the attorney (A. Stinkbug, esq), the very sleepy bedbug, Dr. Hopper. Fun stuff. That said, it's mostly in the fun of characters -- the stories aren't so much. Don't know how I missed it with my kids in the 80s, though. Read full review
THE CASE OF THE FRIGHTENED SCHOLAR
THE CASE OF THE CATERPILLARS HEAD
THE CASE OF THE HEADLESS MONSTER
THE CASE OF THE EMPERORS CROWN