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Trouble in Bugland: A Collection of Inspector Mantis Mysteries

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Follow Inspector Mantis, his faithful sidekick Doctor Hopper, and a bevy of buggy bandits as they tangle in a web of diabolical cases.
Paperback, 190 pages
Published November 24th 2015 by David R. Godine Publisher (first published January 1st 1983)
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Ben
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a very cute book. It might be for children, but it teaches cool things about nature. These are insects who are detectives and criminals. These are short stories in the style of Sherlock Holmes. I did not realize until just now that there is a second book, which I cannot wait to read. I really hope that the illustrations are as stellar as the book was, as I would like to give it to my nephews.
Shelly Donaghey
Dec 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
TROUBLE IN BUGLAND by William Kotzwinkle and, as the cover will tell you, profusely illustrated by Joe Servello, is one of those treasures you hope to find and so often just miss. While this was originally published in 1983, this reissue is just as fun to read now, as it must have been then.
This book will call out to the true Sherlockian in the crowd. It features a tall, insect-like detective and his shorter, more domestic minded side-kick/chronicler. This is a collection of Inspector Mantis s
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Janet Squires
Aug 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
“Trouble In Bugland” is a fun, YA fantasy take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes – with a twist!
William Kotzwinkle offers up an imaginative collection of five mysteries: The Case of the Missing Butterfly, The Case of the Frightened Scholar, The Case of the Caterpillar’s Head, The Case of the Headless Monster, and The Case of the Emperor’s Crown.
Inspector Mantis and his colleague Doctor Hopper are on the job seeking out clues, searching for motives, and making surprising deductions as
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David R. Godine
May 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
"Do not miss!"
Chicago Tribune

"Bravo, Joe and Bill!"
Philadelphia Inquirer

"A first rate presentation!"
Detroit News

"Clever and suspenseful!"
School Library Journal, starred review

"Excitement and humor!"
New York Times Book Review

"Sherlock Holmes fans of all ages must read this hilarious homage!"
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Nancy
Dec 11, 2011 rated it liked it
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.
Annie
Dec 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Entertaining mysteries that would be especially well-suited to strong early middle grade readers interested in science.
Faith Fishcrazy
Jun 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Sarah
Oct 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
My dad read this to me a long time ago and I remember loving it. I'd like to remember to read it to my kids.
Kate
Mar 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
Hard to find, but worth it. Bought it for a friend's 6 yr old son who is very into mysteries and especially Sherlock Holmes. Fun for adults and kids to read together.
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William Kotzwinkle is a two-time recipient of the National Magazine Award for Fiction, a winner of the World Fantasy Award, the Prix Litteraire des Bouquinistes des Quais de Paris, the PETA Award for Children's Books, and a Book Critics Circle award nominee. His work has been translated into dozens of languages.
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