And did I mention the guinea pig was named Sasspants? I did? Moving on. The place: Mr. The time: late afternoon. The crime: Pet shop owner and general bonehead Mr. 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.
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A nonfiction section at the end gives some additional pet and animal facts. One thing Venable does well right from the get-go is voice. You have no trouble distinguishing between your two heroes, after all. Imagine Nero Wolfe as a female guinea pig and Archie Goodwin as a hyper hamster.
Sasspants is a good egg but all she wants out of life is to be left alone. Hamisher, in contrast, is an upbeat social sort. All the other characters fall into place as well.
From the idiotic pet shop owner to the easy-to-distract fish to the uppity bunnies, everyone is distinct. Timing is everything. Yue also has a keen sense of design going on here.
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Panels get broken up constantly, shifting from long shots to short boxes and back again. Some readers may skip this section, because at a glance it looks educational. Omnivores , such as human beings, eat burgers AND fries.
Though Colleen A. The artwork blends perfectly with the story, making an appealing unified whole. A variety of angles, close-ups and distance shots, and the occasional circular frame, keep the artwork varied and interesting. Most of all, like the text, the art is just plain funny and cute.
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Teachers and librarians may also want to direct their elementary school struggling readers toward the book. Expect this fuzzy duo to stick around for a while. Reviewer Chris Eboch is the author of the Haunted series for ages 8—12, where two siblings try to help troubled ghosts.
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