A furry, fishy, feathered, fanged, and funny cast of characters solve just-right mysteries in Mr. Venezi's mixed-up pet shop. With quick pacing, lots of visual clues, and complete with "animal facts" at the end, this series gives very young readers graphic novels of their own.
Mr. Venezi has finally found an assistant to help in the pet shop. At first Viola seems so perfect that even Sasspants approves of her-Viola makes sure everyone has enough food and woodchips, gives the spoiled chinchillas lots of attention, and does her job so well that Mr. V hardly needs to be there. In fact, one day, Mr. V doesn't come back at all! Has Mr. V really given the pet shop to the villainous Viola? Or is some other mystery afoot? This time, Sasspants is a not-so-reluctant detective, and with junior detective Hamisher to help spot the clues, they'll soon fish out the answers!
Colleen AF Venable-Eisner Award nominee for Guinea PIG #3: The Ferret's a Foot-was born in the small town of Walden, NY, and graduated from Wagner College on Staten Island in 2002 with a double degree in English and Art. She is the creator of the Fluff in Brooklyn fumetti (photo comic) about jerboas, llamas, and other creeping, hopping things; has presented photography and art installations around the world; and provides voice talent for animator Scott Bateman on Salon.com. She is a designer for First Second Books, has worked in the past as a lumberjack, and has a connect-the-dots tattoo of a giraffe.
Stephanie Yue-also an Eisner Award nominee for Guinea PIG #3: The Ferret's a Footgraduated from Pratt Institute in 2006 and is currently living in Providence, Rhode Island. With Zack Giallongo, she created the comic book series Novasett Island, and she has done coloring work for graphic novels from First Second Books. She likes to play guitar, practice kung fu, meet people, eat cookies, and drink green tea.