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

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

by Colleen AF Venable, Stephanie Yue
     
 

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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,

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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!

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
Kirkus Reviews

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:
9780761356301
Publisher:
Graphic Universe
Publication date:
09/28/2011
Series:
Guinea Pig, Pet Shop Private Eye Series, #4
Pages:
46
Sales rank:
759,098
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
GN300L (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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