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#01 Hamster and Cheese: Hamster and Cheese (Guinea Pig, Pet Shop Private Eye) 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 just my opinion, so if anyone comments please don't shred me apart. If anyone could let me know of any comic/graphic novels that are good for kids (no potty talk, no name calling, the characters being respectful to each other) that would be great.
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.
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!
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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 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
These books are funny and fun. (wish I could get the whole set inexpensively!)Published 19 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 on July 29, 2014 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
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