Guinea Pig, Pet Shop Private Eye: And Then There Were Gnomes

Colleen AF Venable and Stephanie Yue, Lerner/Graphic Universe, $6.95 trade paper (48p) ISBN 978-0-7613-6225-8
Venable and Yue's clever series about a detective guinea pig continues into its second volume. Sasspants is a very intelligent guinea pig at the pet store who likes to spend her time in quiet, reading. Despite her wishes, she's often interrupted by Hamisher, a flighty and overly adoring hamster. Hamisher, impressed by the mystery solved by Sasspants in the first book, now seeks another mystery for the two to solve (with Hamisher as the sidekick, of course). A mystery soon becomes clear as pet mice are disappearing, and the pet store owner, along with some of the animals, is convinced there's a ghost on the prowl. Sasspants doesn't believe in ghosts, so she has to find a different explanation for the disappearances. Despite the frequent talk of ghosts, the story is never scary. Everything about it could be described as cute, from the art to the characters' personalities. Ages 7–11. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 09/06/2010
Release date: 01/01/2010
Genre: Children's
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