The Ferret's a Foot: Book 3 (Guinea Pig, Pet Shop Private Eye)

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Mr. Venezi has put up a "help wanted" sign in the pet shop. He needs someone to keep track of the animals. But more help might mean he sells more pets, and the animals will have to leave their home. Sasspants, PI(G)-- fluffy-but-reluctant detective--is on the case. She fixes the signs on all the cages, but then a vandal turns turtle into turnip and fish into knish! Are the crazy ferrets behind it? The game is afoot for Sasspants and her sidekick Hamisher!

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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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"In their third case, Sasspants the guinea pig and Hamisher the hamster investigate the mysteriously changing signs on the animal cages in Mr. Venezi's pet shop. Does it have anything to do with his 'Help Wanted' sign? Sasspants suspects the new ferrets, who are the only animals whose sign doesn't get changed every night. The Guinea PIG, Pet Shop Private Eye series continues to entertain, with cute animals, witty dialogue, and a solid mystery. Young readers will giggle over the animals' misidentifications (chinchillas become godzillas, for instance). Back matter includes information about ferrets and a glossary of 'mysterious terms.'" --Booklist

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"This makes an amiable addition to the series. Guinea pig detective Sasspants and his manic hamster assistant, Hamisher, are among the animals living in absent-minded Mr. Venezi's pet shop. When Mr. V seeks help to run his business better, the animals get nervous―they don't want to be sold. While Pants and Hamisher try to keep the status quo, a vandal begins changing the signs on the animals' cages, making it more likely that Mr. V will hire someone. The guinea-pig detective and his partner are soon on the case, eventually discovering that not every animal is content with the pet shop as a permanent home. The mystery, while uncomplicated and dotted with humorous moments, still allows for some basic deductive reasoning as readers search for the culprit. Back matter includes more information on ferrets and a glossary of mystery terms. The soft-hued illustrations are crisp, giving off an animation look that's easy on the eyes. The panel layout is clear, but the repeated use of 'talking head' close-ups does get a bit monotonous. It's unfortunate that the artist didn't break free of the grid for more wide-angle views to provide visual context. Kids who have a thing for pets (which is a sizable group) and a hankering for humor will likely take to this title." --School Library Journal

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"Sasspants, the mystery-loving guinea pig, returns to solve a new case with her faithful―perhaps too faithful―sidekick, Hamisher the hamster. Lovable-but-clueless pet-shop owner Mr. Venezi posts a help-wanted sign in the hopes he can find someone who will fix his mixed-up cage labels. The residents of Pets & Stuff are worried that too much help might hasten their being sold to different homes. Sasspants and Hamisher fix the signs themselves to forestall any new hire, but someone keeps defacing them. Prime suspects are the new, peppy ferrets, but Hamisher has learned from his mystery reading that the culprit is never the most obvious suspect. When Hamisher's sleep-deprived sleepwalking (he's trying not to be nocturnal) makes him suspect himself, Sasspants must recruit a new assistant and step up her furry investigations to find the vandal and clear Hamisher's name. It's another lighthearted caper, with much of the humor in the details; in addition to the evergreen mislabeled-cages gag, here Hamisher takes the drastic step of imprisoning himself in a hamster ball. Yue's adorable, expressive cartoon creatures ably extend Venable's humor. Aftermatter on ferrets and mystery-story vocabulary is instructive and funny. A winning graphic story all around." --Kirkus Reviews

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