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Hamster and Cheese (Guinea Pig, Pet Shop Private Eye Series #1)

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There is a sandwich thief in Mr. Venezi’s pet shop, and everyone is a suspect—from the chinchillas to the goldfish. Never fear! The world’s fluffiest detective is on the case: Sasspants, PI(G). By day, Sasspants is your average book–loving, gizmo–inventing guinea pig. By night, she solves pet shop mysteries with the help of her sidekick, Hamisher the hamster. Our furry little heroes will stop by nothing to find the sandwich thief!

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Overview

There is a sandwich thief in Mr. Venezi’s pet shop, and everyone is a suspect—from the chinchillas to the goldfish. Never fear! The world’s fluffiest detective is on the case: Sasspants, PI(G). By day, Sasspants is your average book–loving, gizmo–inventing guinea pig. By night, she solves pet shop mysteries with the help of her sidekick, Hamisher the hamster. Our furry little heroes will stop by nothing to find the sandwich thief!

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Gr 2–4—Children will love Sasspants, a guinea pig who reads in her pet-shop cage using a thimble recycled as a reading lamp. She is the only animal properly identified because she's made her own sign using tiles. When the "G" at the end of "PIG" falls off, Hamisher the hamster mistakes Sasspants for a private investigator ("PI"), and enlists her help to find who's stealing Mr. Venezi's sandwiches. So begins this humorous mystery. Children who are just beginning to read graphic novels independently will enjoy solving the case with Sasspants. The full-color cartoons enhance the comic appeal. Two funny informational pages about the pet store denizens follow the story.—Marilyn Ackerman, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
There is skullduggery afoot at Mr. Venezi's Pets & Stuff: Someone keeps stealing his sandwich, which he puts outside the koala cage every day. No, he doesn't sell koalas; they're really hamsters, but Mr. Venezi is both shortsighted and incompetent (though very kind). The only cage that's correctly labeled is the one holding the guinea pig-but someone has stolen the G, so little Hamisher the koala, er, hamster has decided that guinea pig Sasspants must be a P.I. and therefore can crack the case. Venable's series opener just gets loonier. The irascible Sasspants would rather be reading, but, seeing that Hamisher won't leave her alone, she swings into action. The actual mystery plays second fiddle to the over-the-top characterizations and snappy dialogue: The goldfish are thoroughly brainless, Gerry the corn snake is inscrutable, the chinchillas are prima donnas (one of them has a pet white mouse). Yue's graphic panels, colored by Hi-Fi Design, make the most of the comic potential and extend it with plenty of visual slapstick. Middle graders will close this and ask right away for Detective Pants's next caper. (animal facts) (Graphic mystery. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761354796
  • Publisher: Graphic Universe
  • Publication date: 1/28/2010
  • Series: Guinea Pig, Pet Shop Private Eye Series , #1
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 46
  • Sales rank: 700,371
  • Age range: 7 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: GN240L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.20 (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 January 3, 2013

    WORST BOOK EVER!!!! HATE IT

    This stuff is HORRIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2013

    Adorable!

    I thought this series was so cute! I love the animal characters, and the author's sense of humor. Definitely worth reading!

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  • Posted April 6, 2013

    My 8 yr daughter recently received this book for Easter. My enti

    My 8 yr daughter recently received this book for Easter. My entire family enjoyed the illustrations and humorous dialogue in this book! My husband is a fan of graphic novels for adult readers and was impressed with the quality of this book. I'm ordering the next in the series now.

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