INCOGNITO MOSQUITO, PRIVATE INSECTIVE by E.A. Hass

INCOGNITO MOSQUITO, PRIVATE INSECTIVE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Kids too cool for the straight-and-narrow kid detective cases might get a buzz from androgynous investigator Incognito Mosquito (""no case too small or has too many legs""), who always lucks into a solution and even has a sandwich named after him--half turkey, half ham. Through running jokes about his tiny mind (""If I gave you a penny for your thoughts you'd owe me change""), this pun-infested insect nails a horsefly rustler for Texas rancher Maximillion McMillipede and his cowbug Chuck Wagon; tracks down Micky Mantis' kidnapper; figures out how night caretaker Herman the Vermin stole Glorious Vanderbug's and Vidal Cocoon's secret sketches from Bambugger's department store; and finds Felonious Fly, who's escaped from Sting Sting prison under the very eye of warden I. Witless. Finally, tortured by F. Flea Bailey, he identifies M.Y.O. Beeswax, Secretary of the Inferior, as the Waterbug Arms burglar. For all the antsing around, though, Incognito Mosquito's solutions are smarter and fairer than some of Encyclopedia Brown's, and his cracks are wiser than Einstein Anderson's.

Pub Date: Oct. 18th, 1982
Publisher: Lothrop, Lee & Shepart