The Ferret’s a Foot: Guinea PIG, Pet Shop Private Eye #3

By: Colleen AF Venable

Illustrator: Stephanie Yue

After a pair of ferrets arrives at the pet store, someone begins changing the signs on all the cages. Detective Sass and her assistant Hamisher are on the case.
Black-and-white illustrations.

ISBN: 9780761352235

JLG Release: Apr 2011


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Pet shops , Mysteries , Ferrets , New neighbors

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Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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School Library Journal

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 t

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.—Travis Jonker, Dorr Elementary School, MI

Junior Library Guild

  • Kids will enjoy the funny mystery and the wordplay involved with the changed signs on the animals’ cages—Chinchillas become Godzillas, Finch becomes Grinch, and so on.
  • The characters’ banter and twisted logic will delight readers. For example, when Hamisher is asked whether he is the culprit, he responds, 
    • Kids will enjoy the funny mystery and the wordplay involved with the changed signs on the animals’ cages—Chinchillas become Godzillas, Finch becomes Grinch, and so on.
    • The characters’ banter and twisted logic will delight readers. For example, when Hamisher is asked whether he is the culprit, he responds, “Nope! It can’ t be me because in the books, it’ s always the person you last suspect, and you just suspected me first, so it can’ t be me!”
    • Stephanie Yue’ s illustrations create an inviting pet-shop world, full of expressive animals.

Book Details

ISBN

9780761352235

First Release

April 2011

Genre

Dewey Classification

741.5/973

Trim Size

7 1/4" x 7 1/4"

Page Count

48

Accelerated Reader

Level 2.4; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 2.2; Points: 3;

Lexile

Level GN530L

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

Graphic Universe

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Pet shops, Mysteries, Ferrets, New neighbors,

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