Sasspants the prickly detective guinea pig and Hamisher the hamster return in another graphic-novel mystery in the Guinea PIG, Pet Shop Private Eye series. This caper involves disappearing mice, and all clues point to a ghost as the culprit. Pet-shop owner Mr. Venezi continues to mix up his animals, this time deciding that his hamsters are gnomes. Astute young readers can follow the visual clues to solve the mystery as they read. Most of the fun lies in the relationship between the bookworm guinea pig and the enthusiastic hamster who wants to be her sidekick. Grades 2-4. --Kat Kan
About 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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