The Ferret's a Foot (Guinea Pig, Pet Shop Private Eye Series #3)

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Mr. Venezi has put up a “help wanted” sign in the pet shop. He needs someone to keep track of the animals. But more help might mean he sells more pets, and the animals will have to leave their home. Sasspants, PI(G)— fluffy-but-reluctant detective—is on the case. She fixes the signs on all the cages, but then a vandal turns turtle into turnip and fish into knish! Are the crazy ferrets behind it? The game is afoot for Sasspants and her sidekick Hamisher!

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Overview

Mr. Venezi has put up a “help wanted” sign in the pet shop. He needs someone to keep track of the animals. But more help might mean he sells more pets, and the animals will have to leave their home. Sasspants, PI(G)— fluffy-but-reluctant detective—is on the case. She fixes the signs on all the cages, but then a vandal turns turtle into turnip and fish into knish! Are the crazy ferrets behind it? The game is afoot for Sasspants and her sidekick Hamisher!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kathie M. Josephs
Have you ever wondered what goes on in a pet store at night? Well, in this particular pet shop the animals read together, talk, and just have fun. Fortunately they read a lot of mysteries because they are going to need good sleuthing skills. Customers kept telling the owner that his signs were all mixed up so he decided to hire someone who can help him. He put a big help wanted sign in the window. When the animals learn what was going on, they decided to help out by making new signs and putting them by the right cage. They do a great job, but one night a vandal changes the way the signs read. Snake was turned into Milk Shake and Ferrets turn into Kerrets. What confusion occurred! The want-to-be detectives band together to figure out what is going on and how they can solve the mystery. The illustrations are absolutely adorable! This would be a great book to introduce the genre of mysteries to a child. The author includes two pages with information about each animal. I never knew that ferrets can spray a terrible smell when they are frightened or afraid. I thought skunks were the only ones to do that. The glossary at the end is very clever and is done with both facts and humor. I never chuckled reading a glossary before. This is a fantastic book for both boys and girls, and it is one book that will be read over and over again. Reviewer: Kathie M. Josephs
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761356295
  • Publisher: Graphic Universe
  • Publication date: 3/28/2011
  • Series: Guinea Pig, Pet Shop Private Eye Series , #3
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 707,372
  • Age range: 7 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.10 (d)

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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  • Posted April 11, 2011

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    Another Sassapants PI(G) mystery the young mystery buff will love

    All the animals in Mr. Venezi's store, "Pets & Stuff," were quiet and going about their business except for Hamisher hamster. He was reading a book and disturbing the peace with his shouting. "Nooooooooo! Don't Do It!!" The rabbits, chinchillas, birds, hamsters, the turtle, and Mr. Sparkley-Warkley, the mouse, were wondering what on earth was wrong with their friend. Sassapants, PI(G), reached over and turned the page of Hamisher's mystery to calm him down and show him that his character would be just fine. Whew! Ham wanted to be a great detective like Sassapants and figured if he read enough mysteries he just might become one. Hamisher was going on and on because he was drinking way too much soda. Everyone noticed that Mr. Venezi was making a new sign to hang in the window. Sassapants soon geared up in a harness to check out the mysterious sign. "HELP WANTED! Must Have Good Handwriting And Know At Least 20 letters of the Alphabet and ." Mr. Venezi never did get the names of his animals quite right, but if they made signs with all their names and drew pictures of the animals he wouldn't have to hire anyone. The signs were put on the cages, but soon a mystery was afoot. Someone was changing them! The lizards were blizzards and chinchillas were gorillas. Could the culprits be those Long Koalas (ferrets)? Would more of them be sold if Mr. Venezi got a new employee? Looked like Sassapants and his assistant, Hamisher had a mystery to solve! This is the third in the series of "Guinea PI(G) Pet Shop Private Eye" mysteries that take place in Mr. Venezi's Pets & Stuff pet store. The detective is a guinea pig named Sassapants, PI extraordinaire. Mr. Venezi is a bit of a scatterbrain, but Sass and his ever so slightly inept assistant, Hamisher, are always there to save the day. Told in a graphic novel format, this mystery will appeal to even the most reluctant reader. The solution to the mystery is not tossed out in the beginning, but rather we meet several critters who could have perpetrated the crime. In the back of the book Hamisher talks about the ferrets, Wadsworth and Toobusy, and their real life ferret counterparts. The young reader will learn interesting facts such as they are crepuscular and the fact that owning them is illegal in some states. Hamisher, now Junior Detective, also gives the definition to many "mysterious terms." If you have a young pet loving mystery buff, this is one series you may wish to consider! Quill says: This is another Sassapants PI(G) mystery the young mystery buff will love.

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    Posted August 26, 2013

    Coal

    Name:coal. Breed:mouse. Appearance:black with a white nose. Gender:female. Personality:playful and friendly

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