Hamster and Cheese

Book 1

From the Series Guinea PIG, Pet Shop Private Eye

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 5   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

There’s a sandwich thief in Mr. Venezi’s pet shop, and everyone is a suspect, from the chinchillas to the goldfish. Never fear! The world’s fluffiest detective on the case: Sasspants, PI. By day, Sasspants is your average book-loving, gizmo-inventing guinea pig. By night she solves pet shop mysteries with the help of her sidekick, Hamisher the hamster. Our furry little heroes will stop at nothing to find the sandwich thief! This is the first book in the Guinea PIG, Pet Shop Private Eye series.

Format List Price Your Price Qty
978-0-76135-479-6
$6.99 $6.99
978-0-76135-914-2
$42.65 $31.99
Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Fiction, Graphic Novels
Copyright 2010
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Graphic Universe ™
Language English
Number of Pages 48
Publication Date 2010-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 2.6
BISACS JUV028000, JUV008000
Dewey 741.5'973
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 7 x 7.25
Lexile 510
Guided Reading Level O
ATOS Reading Level 2.0
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 135432
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Awards, Original artwork, and Reviewed

Awards

  • ALSC Graphic Novels Reading List, Winner, 2018
  • Kirkus Best Children's Books, Winner, 2010
  • New York Public Library Best Books for Kids, Winner, 2010
  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2010

Reviews

Kirkus Reviews

“[An] electrically charged comic-book story.’”
Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal

“[A] humorous mystery. Children who are just beginning to read graphic novels independently will enjoy solving the case with Sasspants. The full-color cartoons enhance the comic appeal.”
School Library Journal

Publishers Weekly

“Children can look and guess for themselves about the clues and red herrings the book presents. The humor in the characters’ personalities and dialogue makes this a lively and entertaining book.”
Publishers Weekly

Booklist

“Young readers will appreciate the zaniness of the pet shop and the fun mystery, and Yue’s colorful art uses a straightforward panel design that’s easy to follow.”
Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“Yue’s graphic panels, colored by Hi-Fi Design, make the most of the comic potential and extend it with plenty of visual slapstick. Middle graders will close this and ask right away for Detective Pants’s next caper.”
Kirkus Reviews

Author: Colleen AF Venable

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.

Illustrator: Stephanie Yue

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.