Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Hamster and Cheese

New series for younger children interested in graphic (comic book style) stories.

Venable, Colleen AF.
Hamster and Cheese (Pet Shop Private Eye #1).
April 2010.
Lerner Books.
Review copy provided courtesy of publisher.

Summary from Back Cover:

There's a sandwich thief in Mr. Venezi's pet shop, and everyone is a suspect - from the chinchillas to the goldfish. Never fear! The world's fluffiest detective is on the case: Sasspants, PI(G). By day, Sasspants is your average book-loving, gizmo-inventing guinea pig. By night, she solves pet shop mysteries with the help of her sidekick, Hamisher the hamster. Our furry little heroes will stop at nothing to find the sandwich thief.

My Thoughts:

The concept of the story is really very cute - its fun and will keep children on their toes as the mystery unfolds and is eventually solved. The comic-style of writing will definitely appeal to children and is appropriate for children in grades 2+, as it is becoming ever-so more popular in today's time. Personally, I struggle to follow these - it's not that there's too much dialogue, the comic illustrations and dialogue boxes just seem to throw me for some reason. However, I predict that this could become a huge hit with young readers - it's a great story and very engaging, definitely worth at least checking out once!

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style='clear: both;' Jennifer said...

This was a HUGE hit at our library (and for me - guinea pig!!). I don't have to booktalk it anymore - one of my 7 year old patrons tells kids about it, complete with memorized parts of the dialogue and sound effects.