Trouble in Bugland: A Collection of Inspector Mantis Mysteries

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David R. Godine Publisher, Jan 1, 1996 - Juvenile Fiction - 190 pages
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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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User 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 Mysteries

User 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

Contents

THE CASE OF THE FRIGHTENED SCHOLAR
33
THE CASE OF THE CATERPILLARS HEAD
61
THE CASE OF THE HEADLESS MONSTER
99
THE CASE OF THE EMPERORS CROWN
123
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William Kotzwinkle is a novelist, children's writer, and screenwriter. He was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Kotzwinkle won the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel for DOCTOR RAT in 1977, and he has also won the National Magazine Award for fiction. Kotzwinkle wrote the novelization of the screenplay for E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (1982) and also wrote an original follow-up novel E. T. THE BOOK OF THE GREEN PLANET )1985). Among his most popular titles are a series of children's books featuring the title character of the first book in the series, WALTER THE FARTING DOG (2001). To date, there are six titles in the series. Starting with the third book in the series, Kotzwinkle's wife, Elizabeth Gundy is listed a co-author on the titles.

Joe Sevello is n illustrator whose covers for crime novels have received much admiration. He is perhaps best known for the covers he did for Dennis McMillan publications.

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