And Then There Were Gnomes (Guinea Pig, Pet Shop Private Eye Series #2)

And Then There Were Gnomes (Guinea Pig, Pet Shop Private Eye Series #2)

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by Colleen AF Venable
     
 

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Sasspants, PI(G), the world's fluffiest detective, is back on the caseor she will be, if her sidekick Hamisher can convince her there's really a mystery afoot. Hamisher has made up so many stories, Sasspants doesn't believe him. But one by one the mice in Mr. Venezi's pet shop are going missing, and all the spooky clues point to...a ghost! Once our shaggy Sherlocks

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Sasspants, PI(G), the world's fluffiest detective, is back on the caseor she will be, if her sidekick Hamisher can convince her there's really a mystery afoot. Hamisher has made up so many stories, Sasspants doesn't believe him. But one by one the mice in Mr. Venezi's pet shop are going missing, and all the spooky clues point to...a ghost! Once our shaggy Sherlocks start digging for answers, they will stop at nothing to ferret out the truth!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kathie M. Josephs
I don't know which I enjoyed more here, the story or the illustrations. What a fun book! The setting is a pet store. At first, Sasspants is taking a snooze in her cage. Hamisher is frantically trying to wake her up to tell her that all of the other hamsters are missing. Sasspants doesn't believe him because she has heard this all from him before. Of course, this time is no different; Hamisher is just fooling around. Then, a real mystery needs to be solved. Sasspants says she will solve it, if only to prove there is no mystery. In this case, she needs to find the missing mice. Before starting, Sasspants asks Hamister one last time if he is telling the truth. He responds with, "I am! Cross my heart and eyes and legs and arms!" Who wouldn't believe this cute hamster? The characters are wonderful, the illustrations are terrific, and the story is well-suited to the graphic novel format. Both reluctant and avid readers will enjoy this book. The end of the book several pages describe how the mice got through the wall, as well as other interesting facts, such as boy mice are called bucks and baby mice are called kittens. I highly recommend this book. It will become a favorite of anyone who reads it. Book two of the "Guinea Pig, Pet Shop Private Eye" series. Reviewer: Kathie M. Josephs
Kirkus Reviews
The denizens of Mr Venezi's Pets & Stuff return for another hilarious mystery. Sasspants the guinea pig solved the mystery of the missing sandwiches in Hamster and Cheese (2010); now she's doomed to be thought a detective even though she has replaced the final "G" on her cage label. Hamisher the koala (actually hamster; Mr. Venezi is nearsighted and clueless, though not neglectful) loves being a sidekick, and he comes up with so many fake mysteries that Sasspants doesn't believe him when he has a real one. The mice are going missing one by one, and everyone's sure it's a ghost. Sasspants takes the case to get Hamisher off her back so she can get back to reading her much-loved books. Venable's second adventure does not disappoint. The celebutante chinchillas—er, camels—(one of whom has a pet mouse, "Mr. Sparkles," à la Paris Hilton's chihuahua) and the bubble-headed goldfish will inspire giggles. The deadpan expressions of Yue's pudgy animals colored by Hi Fi Design supply many of the laughs. A gem—please, tell us we'll be seeing more of Sasspants! (Graphic fiction. 6-11)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761345992
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/01/2010
Series:
Guinea Pig, Pet Shop Private Eye Series, #2
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
GN220L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

Colleen AF Venable grew up in the trees of Walden, New York....well, not very high up the trees, since she always got scared, but she did carve her name in a lot of low hanging boughs. Colleen had an older sister, a dog, a cat, a million fish, and an imaginary pet hamster named, yup you guessed it, Hamisher. Why have an imaginary friend when you can have an imaginary friend that can fit in your pocket! Colleen went to Wagner College and double majored in English and Studio Art, winning the award of "biggest dork" (aka first in her class) and writing plays which went on to be produced Off-Off-Broadway. Her whole life she always loved reading comics—Calvin and Hobbes, The Far Side, and she wore out her copy of the Muppets: Short, Green and Handsome—but it wasn't until she started to get into webcomics that she also fell in love with the idea of writing comics. Now Colleen lives in New York City and her day job is designing graphic novels for First Second Books while her night job is writing graphic novels about a not-so-imaginary-anymore hyperactive hamster named Hamisher. She thinks the world is a very lovely place.

Stephanie Yue grew up in the United States, China, and Hong Kong, and went to New York to study illustration. Currently, she lives in Providence, Rhode Island, and spends her days drawing, practicing kung fu, and making stuff.

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And Then There Were Gnomes 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
All was quiet in Mr. Venezi's Pets & Stuff pet store, at least for the moment. Sasspants, PI(G), was fast asleep draped over his books. He was a guinea pig detective, but lately he hadn't had any real work to do. Hamisher, a hamster, was always coming up to him with some fake mystery that had to be solved. He shook Sasspants awake with yet another fake mystery, claiming that all the hamsters were missing. Of course they weren't but he had to try to get the store's PI(G) some work. Sasspants wasn't at all happy and said, "You've got to stop doing this! This is like the fifth fake mystery you made up this week!" Soon it was morning and Mr. V came to open up the shop. Things were soon hopping and bopping in the store. The bunnies were busy dressing up a mouse and making fun of Sasspants as he walked by a pile of books. Children came into the store to look at the pets. Mr. V never could remember the names of the animals and each cage had a silly name. The parrot was a marmot, the mice were labeled walruses, and the hermit crabs were, of course, tractors. The children set him straight and soon he made sure the cages were labeled properly. The mice soon were called gnomes. After an uneventful day, with no real mystery, the door and lights were shut. Hamisher was walking around the store when all of a sudden he felt a cold spot. He ran to Sasspants, this time with a serious tale to tell. He claimed that "Everyone knows that when there's a single cold spot it means a ghost lives there." There had been too many fake mysteries and Sasspants was not going to deal with Hamisher's foolishness and didn't believe him. The next day Mr. V not only felt the cold spot, but saw a real live GHOST on the wall! The aisle was shut down and he put up a sign, "Please Enjoy The Rest of Our Shop. This Aisle is Currently HAUNTED." One by one the mice began to disappear. Now there was a mystery and Sassapants PI(G) was on the job! This is an adorably spooky mystery that the young graphic novel enthusiast will thoroughly enjoy. I loved the little touches of humor scattered throughout the book, especially when Mr. Venezi never could get the names of the animals quite right. Reluctant readers often gravitate toward graphic novels and this one will hold their interest as the little mystery deepens. This is not the type of mystery that gives out clues to think about, but rather is one that keeps the reader in the dark right until the very end. No spoilers here, but once the mystery is solved, everything makes sense. In the back of the book Hamisher gives us a little discussion on all the finer qualities that mice have and tells us all about them. Did you know that "people in ancient Greece worshipped mice?" Quill says: If you have a youngster who is a budding mystery lover and wants to know a little more about gnomes, this is one book you may wish to consider!