- Age Range: 7 - 11 years
- Grade Level: 2 - 5
- Lexile Measure: 530 (What's this?)
- Series: Guinea Pig, Pet Shop Private Eye (Book 4)
- Paperback: 46 pages
- Publisher: Graphic Universe (TM) (August 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0761356304
- ISBN-13: 978-0761356301
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.2 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #916,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fish You Were Here: Book 4 (Guinea Pig, Pet Shop Private Eye) Paperback – August 1, 2011
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"Mixed-up, lovable Mr. Venezi has hired an assistant for his pet shop. Viola seems to be efficient, but Sasspants the guinea pig suspects something isn't quite right. When Mr. V doesn't come to the shop the next morning, and Viola ignores the animals (except for the chinchillas) to watch a show on her computer, Sasspants and her hamster sidekick investigate the situation. Young readers will enjoy the wacky detective interviews and, if they pay attention to Hans, the new fish, they may solve the mystery before Sasspants does. Venable and Yue have concocted another winning entry in the cute Guinea PIG, Pet Shop Private Eye series." --Booklist--Journal
"Will the Help Wanted sign in the window of Mr. Venezi's Pets & Stuff Shop bring good or ill? Befuddled but lovable Mr. Venezi's still advertising for an assistant to help him in his pet shop. With questions like 'on a scale of 1 to 10, have you ever ridden a llama?' interviews are not going well. When ninth-grader Viola arrives, she seems the perfect employee. She turns a light on the lizards. She gives the ferrets tons of toys and tubes. She even puts the correct animal names on the cages; Mr. Venezi had labeled the chinchillas, 'gorillas, ' among other misnomers. She does so well that guinea pig detective Sasspants becomes suspicious, and Mr. Venezi feels unneeded. When Mr. Venezi turns up missing and Viola, without supervision, starts slacking, Detective Sasspants is on the case. With careful deduction and a cunning plan, Sasspants and her junior partner Hamisher the hamster save the day again! Venable and Yue's Pet Shop Private Eye graphic series continues to charm. Yue's adorable pet-shop fur (and scale) people are just as expressive as their human counterparts, and Venable's gentle mystery and delightful, dry humor will extend Sasspant's fanbase. Includes information on goldfish and plecos, as well as a list of animal-related jobs at the back. Great graphic tales for young readers and animal lovers; long may Sasspants detect!" --Kirkus Reviews--Journal
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.
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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.
Marcus Venezi never got the name of his animals right, but everyone was crazy about him from the Long Koalas (ferrets) to the gorillas (chinchillas). It didn't take long for Viola to take over the shop and the next day everything was going perfectly, but when she took Sasspants's books away they got an inkling that something was amiss. That night Mr. Venezi told Viola that she had done such a great job it almost made him feel like he'd "been running the shop wrong for years!" Soon everyone knew that things were perfect ... perfectly wrong, perfectly hideous, perfectly AWFUL. Mr. Venezi turned up missing and Viola was acting very strange. What could Sassapants P(IG) and his junior detective, Hamisher, do to find Mr. Venezi and return the shop to un-normal? Looked like another case for the dynamic pet shop duo to solve!
Every Sassapants P(IG) mystery buff is going to be totally puzzled when Mr. Venezi disappears. This is the fourth in the series of "Guinea PI(G) Pet Shop Private Eye" mysteries that takes place in Mr. Venezi's Pets & Stuff pet store. Sassapants and Hamisher are always on hand to solve a mystery and this is one of the biggest ones they have been called on to unravel. Told in a graphic novel form, this series will entice even the most reluctant reader. The solution to the mystery isn't evident from the beginning and the reader has to wait until the end to find out if Mr. Venezi will return, if he ever does. This one has a nice twist at the end that will leave fans of the series smiling. In the back of the book Hammisher discusses goldfish (Steves as Mr. Venezi calls them) and plecos. There is also a page that talks about jobs people have working with animals. If you've been following this series you'll be exited to read "Fish you were Here," but if you haven't been, you just might want to join the crowd at Pets `n Stuff!
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