Raining Cats and Detectives: Book 5


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6.8 X 7.0 X 0.2 inches | 0.25 pounds

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About the Author

Colleen AF Venable is an author, designer, and maker. Her books include the YA graphic novel Kiss Number 8 (illustrated by Ellen T. Crenshaw), the quirky counting boardbook One More Wheel (illustrated by Blythe Russo). Her graphic novel series Guinea Pig, Pet Shop Private Eye (illustrated by Stephanie Yue) was nominated for an Eisner for Best Publication for Kids and awarded "Best Book" recognition from Kirkus Reviews, NYPL, Bank Street, and the Junior Library Guild. In 2017 she was named a Publisher's Weekly StarWatch Top 5 Finalist.
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.


"In the fifth volume of the Guinea PIG, Pet Shop Private Eye series, a real detective actually buys Sasspants, which leaves Hamisher the hamster alone without his best friend. Meanwhile, Tummytickles, the bookstore cat, disappears, and all of the animals in the pet store decide to be detectives and solve the mystery. Young mystery readers will enjoy the story, fans of the series will love the animals' antics and the story's ending, and adults reading to younger kids will enjoy the humor. Yue's colorful art will draw giggles from young readers when they see all the animals, even the goldfish, donning detective hats." --Booklist


Detective Sasspants returns! But this time, she has competition.

Guinea pig Sasspants, her faithful, exuberantly enthusiastic sidekick, Hamisher the hamster, and all the denizens of Mr. Venezi's Pets & Stuff are still in the store. Despite assistant salesperson Viola's best efforts, Mr.Venezi still can't get the correct species names on the animals' cages. All the animals are friends, so most are content to stay in the shop. Then (human) Detective Pickles arrives and adopts Sasspants, so when Tummytickles, the bookstore cat next door, vanishes, there's no one to find him. Suddenly, everyone from the goldfish (all named Steve) to the snooty chinchillas are donning detective hats and... well, calling themselves detectives. Will Sasspants return to save the day, or can Hamisher detect on his own? Venables's fifth Pet Shop Private Eye graphic adventure for the chapter-book crowd is as sly, sarcastic and silly as its predecessors. Yue's expressive, dot-eyed creatures in bright hues and cinematic panels are still perfect at bringing the tales to life and adding an extra dimension of character and humor. Readers of the previous four titles will get a few more laughs than those new to the series, but this can stand alone.

Sass and Hamisher hint that they may be getting out of the detecting business given the end...let's hope NOT! (Graphic mystery. 7-11) --Kirkus Reviews