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Guinea Pig, Pet Shop Private Eye 1: Hamster and Cheese Paperback – April, 2010
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There. I've just told you everything you need to know to enjoy it. No need to thank me. Unfortunately, I have the creeping suspicion in the back of my medulla oblongata that there may be folks out there for whom "Sasspants"-monikered rodentia is not enough. Perhaps you are wondering what else there is to find in this bite-sized graphic novel. It's a slight little thing, after all. Coming in at a mere 48 pages you might be inclined to take it for a picture book or some such nonsense. Nonsense, I say, because this is a fantastic mystery rolled up in a small comic format. Cute as a button and occasionally laugh-out-loud funny too. Sometimes the best discoveries come in the smallest packages. And did I mention the guinea pig was named Sasspants? I did? Hm. Moving on.
The place: Mr. Venezi's Pets & Stuff. The time: late afternoon. The crime: Petshop owner and general bonehead Mr. Venezi has discovered that his sandwich disappeared during lunchtime and he blames his koalas (they're actually hamsters but Mr. Venezi isn't exactly a pro at the whole identifying-the-pets-you're-selling thing). If the sandwich disappears one more time then that's it for the "koalas". So when Hamisher the hamster sees that there's a resident Guinea PI in the shop (the "G" has fallen off her sign) he decides to hire guinea pig Sasspants to solve the crime. Sasspants, for her part, would like nothing better than to be left alone, but that's not going to happen as long as Hamisher's around. They strike up a deal: Sasspants will solve the mystery and Hamisher will leave her alone. What follows is a good old-fashioned mystery, complete with red herrings, false suspects, and the occasional sandwich-shaped turtle.Read more ›
This is absolutely adorable! The artwork is so cute and the animals have such personalities it was a joy to read. Elementaries are going to love this series. Sasspants PI inadvertently gets mistaken for a detective and the hamsters call on him to solve the case of the missing sandwiches. Every day the owner puts a sandwich near the hamster cage for his lunch and every day it disappears. He has said if it happens one more time he is going to get rid of them once and for all. Only the hamsters don't know what is happening as they can't stay awake and Sasspants takes the case to get the annoying hamster off his back. The owner is somewhat addlepated, having labeled the animal cages with all the wrong names: the hamsters are koalas, the mice are walruses, the chinchillas are camels and so on. But what really makes this so entertaining are the personalities of the animals. Sasspants is a reader who wants to be left alone, a take charge guy just to get everyone off his case. The goldfish are my favourite with their short term memories, they can hardly remember each others names long enough let alone have an intelligent conversation. Then the hamsters who spend most of their time sleeping except the one who has befriended Detective Pants and thinks they have become best buddies, though he does have a tendency to fall asleep frequently and also believes he may still be a koala like the sign says. The last pages include an article on a non-fiction topic relevant to the story, this time explaining how a snake can eat something four times the size of its mouth and a last page telling the differences between what the owner labeled the animals and what they really are. Adorable!
Hamster and Cheese is that book.
The setting is a wacky pet shop with a not-too-bright owner who has mislabeled all the animals: The hamster thinks he is a koala, the snake is in a cage labeled "llama," and so on. The guinea pig has taken matters into his own hands by spelling out his proper name in Scrabble tiles, but when the final "g" falls off his name, rendering it "GUINEA PI," an enterprising koala--er, hamster--hires him as a private investigator.
Hamisher the hamster's problem is that he has been unjustly accused of theft: Every day, the store owner puts his sandwich in front of the hamsters' cage, and every day, the sandwich disappears. Now the owner is threatening to make the hamsters disappear if it happens again.
Unfortunately, the other animals aren't much help--the rabbits are too busy primping, the turtle is reliving his glory days in minor-league baseball, and the fish are incredibly dumb. Incredibly, hilariously dumb. So dumb that they mistake the sandwich for the sandwich thief, and they keep getting distracted by the other fish that mimic their actions (who are actually their reflections). The animals squabble among themselves, but when it looks like a little boy may buy one of the rabbits, they work together, squirting water from across the room to make him think the rabbit peed on him. (This is one of a few mild potty jokes in the book.)
Stephanie Yue's art really brings the story to life, although her choice of relatively muted colors helps keep it from being too hyper.Read more ›
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My son and I really love this series of books. He's only 5, so we read it together, and I will note that he does not get all of the jokes, but he's excited about the little... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
These books are funny and fun. (wish I could get the whole set inexpensively!)Published 12 months ago by Sonja D. Angell
My son loves small animals such as hamsters and guinea pigs, so I was excited for this book to come. He loves it! Read morePublished 18 months ago by Drea Drea Bo Bea
These books are super cute, like koalas, and much more intelligent. Great for any age, Including adults. And you learn the difference between moose and geckos. Read morePublished on December 5, 2013 by RealGems
My 6-year-old daughter is an avid reader who really loves graphic novels... and hamsters and guinea pigs... so this was the perfect combo for her. Read morePublished on October 24, 2013 by Space Salamander
Sasspants is a Guinea pig that just wants to be left alone to read books. Hamisher is an excitable hamster that pesters Sasspants in a good natured way and convinces Sasspants to... Read morePublished on October 1, 2013 by Paul D. West
My son is an early reader. He has read A LOT of books. Seriously, a metric ton of books. I tell you this only to give you some perspective when I say: He has laughed more at this... Read morePublished on October 6, 2012 by Randy Braun