Fish You Were Here (Guinea Pig, Pet Shop Private Eye Series #4)

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The animals in Mr. Venezi's pet shop are used to how forgetful he is. Then he hires the perfect assistant, Viola. She does her job so well that Mr. V hardly needs to be there. In fact, one day, Mr. V doesn't come back at all! But then Viola starts ignoring the animals. Has Mr. V given the pet shop to a villain? Or is some other mystery afoot? Sasspants, PI(G)—fluffy-but-determined guinea pig detective—and junior detective Hamisher the hamster—will soon fish out the answers!

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Overview

The animals in Mr. Venezi's pet shop are used to how forgetful he is. Then he hires the perfect assistant, Viola. She does her job so well that Mr. V hardly needs to be there. In fact, one day, Mr. V doesn't come back at all! But then Viola starts ignoring the animals. Has Mr. V given the pet shop to a villain? Or is some other mystery afoot? Sasspants, PI(G)—fluffy-but-determined guinea pig detective—and junior detective Hamisher the hamster—will soon fish out the answers!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kristin Harris
Hamisher the hamster and Sasspants the guinea pig are junior detectives at Mr. Venezi's pet shop. Mr. Venizi is not the most organized boss. He is trying to hire an assistant, but he is refusing to seriously consider any of the applicants until Viola comes into the store and applies for the job. She seems perfect. She is well organized and all of the animals like her right away. Then things start getting strange. The animals hear Viola say something they did not understand and are concerned about Mr. Veneiz's safety. To make matters worse, one day Mr. Venezi does not come into the store at all. The junior detectives are on the case and manage to solve the mystery. Mr. Venezi is not lost after all. This book is written and illustrated in comic book style. Bonus features at the end of the story include the history of gold fish in America and a list and description of jobs that are related to working with animals. Reviewer: Kristin Harris
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Will the Help Wanted sign in the window of Mr. Venezi's Pets & Stuff Shop bring good or ill?

Befuddled but lovable Mr. Venezi's still advertising for an assistant to help him in his pet shop. With questions like "on a scale of 1 to 10, have you ever ridden a llama?" interviews are not going well. When ninth-grader Viola arrives, she seems the perfect employee. She turns a light on the lizards. She gives the ferrets tons of toys and tubes. She even puts the correct animal names on the cages; Mr. Venezi had labeled the chinchillas, "gorillas," among other misnomers. She does so well that guinea pig detective Sasspants becomes suspicious, and Mr. Venezi feels unneeded. When Mr. Venezi turns up missing and Viola, without supervision, starts slacking, Detective Sasspants is on the case. With careful deduction and a cunning plan, Sasspants and her junior partner Hamisher the hamster save the day again! Venable and Yue's Pet Shop Private Eye graphic series continues to charm. Yue's adorable pet-shop fur (and scale) people are just as expressive as their human counterparts, and Venable's gentle mystery and delightful, dry humor will extend Sasspant's fanbase. Includes information on goldfish and plecos, as well as a list of animal-related jobs at the back.

Great graphic tales for young readers and animal lovers; long may Sasspants detect! (Graphic mystery. 7-11)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761352242
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Series: Guinea Pig, Pet Shop Private Eye Series , #4
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 46
  • Age range: 7 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: GN300L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.52 (w) x 7.53 (h) x 0.35 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2011

    Every Sassapants P(IG) mystery buff is going to be totally puzzled when Mr. Venezi disappears!

    All kinds of people were flocking to Mr. Venezi's store, "Pets & Stuff," hoping to get a job as his assistant, but he just couldn't seem to find the right one. When he asked one woman, "So on a scale of 1 to 10, have you ever ridden a llama?" and she didn't understand the question, Hamisher hamster and Sassapants P(IG) knew there was a problem. Interview after interview was going wrong for one reason or another. They positively knew they were in trouble when Mr. Venezi almost hired a dude with spiked hair who freaked out when he saw a fuzzy alligator and ran. Of course the fuzzy alligator was Hamisher. Charlotte, from the second hand book store next door came over to offer a few suggestions to make hiring an assistant easy. "Bingbong!" The next thing you know in came Viola, the perfect person ... but was she?

    Marcus Venezi never got the name of his animals right, but everyone was crazy about him from the Long Koalas (ferrets) to the gorillas (chinchillas). It didn't take long for Viola to take over the shop and the next day everything was going perfectly, but when she took Sasspants's books away they got an inkling that something was amiss. That night Mr. Venezi told Viola that she had done such a great job it almost made him feel like he'd "been running the shop wrong for years!" Soon everyone knew that things were perfect ... perfectly wrong, perfectly hideous, perfectly AWFUL. Mr. Venezi turned up missing and Viola was acting very strange. What could Sassapants P(IG) and his junior detective, Hamisher, do to find Mr. Venezi and return the shop to un-normal? Looked like another case for the dynamic pet shop duo to solve!

    Every Sassapants P(IG) mystery buff is going to be totally puzzled when Mr. Venezi disappears. This is the fourth in the series of "Guinea PI(G) Pet Shop Private Eye" mysteries that takes place in Mr. Venezi's Pets & Stuff pet store. Sassapants and Hamisher are always on hand to solve a mystery and this is one of the biggest ones they have been called on to unravel. Told in a graphic novel form, this series will entice even the most reluctant reader. The solution to the mystery isn't evident from the beginning and the reader has to wait until the end to find out if Mr. Venezi will return, if he ever does. This one has a nice twist at the end that will leave fans of the series smiling. In the back of the book Hammisher discusses goldfish (Steves as Mr. Venezi calls them) and plecos. There is also a page that talks about jobs people have working with animals. If you've been following this series you'll be exited to read "Fish you were Here," but if you haven't been, you just might want to join the crowd at Pets `n Stuff!


    This book courtesy of the publisher.

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  • Posted June 28, 2011

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    Guinea PI(g) Take in a New Case Full of Fun and Laughs

    This is number four in the Guinea Pig, Pet Shop Detective Series.

    Pet shop owner, Mr. Venezi, hires a new assistant, Viola, who seems to know everything about animals and some things Mr. Venezi does not know, like what to feed the fish. Viola is especially nice to each animal and offers the correct food, treats, toys, and titles to each cage. They think she is perfect. Mr. Venezi leaves for the day, saying Viola did not need his help. On his way out the door he said to Viola, "It's all yours."

    The next day, Viola turns on the shop lights and opens the door. Mr. Venezi is not there. The perfect Viola soon begins ignoring the animals and their needs. She watches television, gabs on her cell phone, and closes the store when a customer wants to buy a snake.

    The animals begin talking to one another. Finally, the lizards tell Sassypants they overheard Mr. Venezi give the pet shop to Viola. Afraid for each other's futures, the animals begin trying to find Mr. Venezi. The Guinea PI's (Detective Sassy-Ham and Junior Detective Ham-Pants), take the lead and are soon checking out the neighboring bookstore and the ice cream shop.

    Finding Mr. Venezi proves to be more difficult than detectives first thought. Every animal's wish is for Mr. Venezi's return and for Viola to leave. Will they ever find their faithful pet shopkeeper? Will the animals need to learn how to live with the not-so-great Viola?

    This is a fun graphic book from Graphic Universe. Mr. Venezi is dim-witted and the animals are colorful and humorous. One goldfish gets lost in their small fishbowl after Viola adds seaweed to the fishbowl. Worse, they do not know who is lost. Is it Stevie, Stevie, Stevie, Stevie, Stevie, or Stevie? The bunnies are addicted to television and really like soap operas. They spend the day watching over Viola's shoulder. This slapstick adds to the fun and helps cause giggles to even the slightest of jokes. This is an enjoyable, fun read.

    Note: received from netgalley, courtesy of the publisher

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