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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. " --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 and up
  • Grade Level: 2 and up
  • Series: Guinea Pig, Pet Shop Private Eye (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 47 pages
  • Publisher: Graphic Universe (August 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761354808
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761354802
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 7 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #473,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I grew up in the trees of Walden, New York....well, not very high up the trees, since I always got scared, but I did carve my name in a lot of low hanging boughs. I 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! I went to Wagner College and double majored in English and Studio Art, winning the award of "biggest dork" (aka first in my class) and writing plays which went on to be produced Off-Off-Broadway. My whole life I always loved reading comics--Calvin and Hobbes, The Far Side, and I wore out my copy of the Muppets: Short, Green and Handsome--but it wasn't until I started to get into webcomics that I also fell in love with the idea of writing comics. Now my day job is designing graphic novels for First Second Books and my night job is writing graphic novels about a not-so-imaginary-anymore hyperactive hamster named Hamisher. The world is a very lovely place.

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My boys love this book.
Elizabeth Wineland
In the back of the book Hamisher gives us a little discussion on all the finer qualities that mice have and tells us all about them.
D. Fowler
This graphic novel series has provided hours of enjoyment for us.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback
All was quiet in Mr. Venezi's Pets & Stuff pet store, at least for the moment. Sasspants, PI(G), was fast asleep draped over his books. He was a guinea pig detective, but lately he hadn't had any real work to do. Hamisher, a hamster, was always coming up to him with some fake mystery that had to be solved. He shook Sasspants awake with yet another fake mystery, claiming that all the hamsters were missing. Of course they weren't but he had to try to get the store's PI(G) some work. Sasspants wasn't at all happy and said, "You've got to stop doing this! This is like the fifth fake mystery you made up this week!"

Soon it was morning and Mr. V came to open up the shop. Things were soon hopping and bopping in the store. The bunnies were busy dressing up a mouse and making fun of Sasspants as he walked by a pile of books. Children came into the store to look at the pets. Mr. V never could remember the names of the animals and each cage had a silly name. The parrot was a marmot, the mice were labeled walruses, and the hermit crabs were, of course, tractors. The children set him straight and soon he made sure the cages were labeled properly. The mice soon were called gnomes.

After an uneventful day, with no real mystery, the door and lights were shut. Hamisher was walking around the store when all of a sudden he felt a cold spot. He ran to Sasspants, this time with a serious tale to tell. He claimed that "Everyone knows that when there's a single cold spot it means a ghost lives there." There had been too many fake mysteries and Sasspants was not going to deal with Hamisher's foolishness and didn't believe him. The next day Mr. V not only felt the cold spot, but saw a real live GHOST on the wall!
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By Nicola Mansfield on November 21, 2010
Format: Paperback
Reason for Reading: Both books 1 & 2 are Cybils '10 nominees and as a panelist for Graphic Novels they are required reading for me.

This second story is almost as fun and cute as the first one and it does clear up some information for us. References to book 1 are mentioned so it is best to read them in order. The little hamster, Hamish, whose name is consistently referenced this time around is dying for another mystery for Sasspants to solve and for him to be her trusted sidekick. Only problem is he is driving 'Pants crazy by inventing mysteries all week, his latest one being to get all the hamsters to hide so he can claim they are all missing. Then the mice start to really disappear one by one and it takes some convincing to make Sasspants realize Hamish isn't crying wolf again.

Once again it is the personalities that win the read over which specifically focuses on Hamish and Sasspants this time though all the others do get some page time, including my favourite, the goldfish. It is also made clear in this volume that Sasspants is a girl. Halfway through the book she is called "she" and from that point on the words "she" and "her" are used frequently. I had mistakenly taken her for a boy in the first book, but as far as I can remember no mention of her female status was mentioned. Poor Mr. V. the owner has some children in to buy a pet, and they tell him his signs are all wrong thinking it's a big joke when he tells them walruses make nice pets, meaning mice, and when he asks the children what they are really called they jokingly answer alligators and the next day he relabels some of the animal cages with some more funny names.
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A mystery of the ghost in the aisle drives Hamisher to beg Sasspants to solve another mystery. We laugh and laugh at the ridiculous fish, who end up at the center of the ghostbuster story.

The Guinea PI series has been a favorite of our family for over a year. This graphic novel series has provided hours of enjoyment for us. Our now seven year old sits in our lap and we read the story to him out loud, while he follows along in the pictures. The content is very kid-appropriate. No violence, very little to be scared of, lots of cute but quirky characters. Yet there are some very real social situations that are illustrated, so that our child learns cultural cues and norms. The narrative is layered and convoluted, making it interesting for adults. The characters are so well written and illustrated that it is easy to find voices for them as we read aloud. All in all, I highly recommend this for anyone five and older that enjoy animals and their personalities.
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