BOOKS

Guinea PIG, Pet Shop Private Eye: Going, Going, Dragon!

by Colleen AF Venable, illustrated by Stephanie Yue
Lerner/Graphic Universe, August 2013

Sasspants, Hamisher, and company have never had it so good. Now that Mr. Venezi's Pets and Stuff doesn't actually sell pets, everybody has time to explore other interests. There's scuba diving in the fish tank with the Steves, theatrical performances with the mice, and walrus toothbrushes and aardvark neckties for everyone! It's not all good times, though. Mr. Venezi's been mistaking his bills for fan mail and a dragon may have moved into the shop. Can Sasspants and Hamisher ensure that a 'happily ever after' is in store for the animals, Mr. Venezi, Viola…and even that nice lady from the bookshop next door?

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Reviews & Awards

"All good things come to an end, they say, and this one's a strong one to go out on…I'm always surprised by how neatly everything works together in surprising ways. There's a tendency in comics to call kids' books 'all ages' in order to avoid scaring away readers, but this is truly a great read for everyone." —Comics Worth Reading

"Venable caps her series of graphic novels for young readers with a light mystery readers won't have any trouble solving. As usual, the fun is in the interaction of the characters: clueless Mr. Venezi, enthusiastic Hamisher and the smartest pig in the room—Sasspants. Yue's bright, colorful, expressive panels extend the sly humor (check out the mouse with Princess Leia hair) and boost the giggles." —Kirkus Reviews

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Guinea PIG, Pet Shop Private Eye: Raining Cats and Detectives

by Colleen AF Venable, illustrated by Stephanie Yue
Lerner/Graphic Universe, October 2012

It's a dark and stormy afternoon when Sasspants, PI(G), leaves Mr. Venezi's pet shop to live with a new owner. Soon there's a mystery afoot back at the shop: the cat from the bookstore next door has disappeared. All the pet shop animals are putting on their detective hats, but their fluffy-but-faraway guinea pig detective can't help them follow the clues! Can Hamisher the hamster solve this cat-napping without Sasspants? He's going to try his furry best not only to crack the case, but to reunite with his best friend and fellow sleuth too.

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Reviews & Awards

"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." —Kirkus Reviews

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Guinea PIG, Pet Shop Private Eye: Fish You Were Here

by Colleen AF Venable, illustrated by Stephanie Yue
Lerner/Graphic Universe, September 2011

The animals in Mr. Venezi's pet shop are used to how forgetful he is. Then he hires the perfect assistant, Viola. She 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! But then Viola starts ignoring the animals. Has Mr. V given the pet shop to a villain? Or is some other mystery afoot? Sasspants, PI(G)—fluffy-but-determined guinea pig detective—and junior detective Hamisher the hamster—will soon fish out the answers!

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Reviews & Awards

"Venable and Yue have concocted another winning entry in the cute Guinea PIG, Pet Shop Private Eye series." —Booklist

"Venable and Yue's Pet Shop Private Eye graphic series continues to charm. Yue's adorable pet-shop fur (and scale) people are just as expressive as their human counterparts, and Venable's gentle mystery and delightful, dry humor will extend Sasspant's fanbase… Great graphic tales for young readers and animal lovers; long may Sasspants detect!" —Kirkus Reviews

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Guinea PIG, Pet Shop Private Eye: The Ferret's a Foot

by Colleen AF Venable, illustrated by Stephanie Yue
Lerner/Graphic Universe, January 2011

Mr. Venezi has put up a "help wanted" sign in the pet shop. He needs someone to keep track of the animals. But more help might mean he sells more pets, and the animals will have to leave their home. Sasspants, PI(G)—fluffy-but-reluctant detective—is on the case. She fixes the signs on all the cages, but then a vandal turns turtle into turnip and fish into knish! Are the crazy ferrets behind it? The game is afoot for Sasspants and her sidekick Hamisher!

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Reviews & Awards

"The Guinea PIG, Pet Shop Private Eye series continues to entertain, with cute animals, witty dialogue, and a solid mystery." —Booklist

"Sasspants, the mystery-loving guinea pig, returns to solve a new case with her faithful—perhaps too faithful—sidekick, Hamisher the hamster… Yue's adorable, expressive cartoon creatures ably extend Venable's humor. Aftermatter on ferrets and mystery-story vocabulary is instructive and funny. A winning graphic story all around." —Kirkus Reviews

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Guinea PIG, Pet Shop Private Eye: And Then There Were Gnomes

by Colleen AF Venable, illustrated by Stephanie Yue
Lerner/Graphic Universe, August 2010

Sasspants, PI(G), the world's fluffiest detective, is back on the case—or she will be, if her sidekick Hamisher can convince her there's really a mystery afoot. Hamisher has made up so many stories, Sasspants doesn't believe him. But one by one the mice in Mr. Venezi's pet shop are going missing, and all the spooky clues point to…a ghost! Once our shaggy Sherlocks start digging for answers, they will stop at nothing to ferret out the truth!

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Reviews & Awards

"A gem—please, tell us we'll be seeing more of Sasspants!" —Kirkus Reviews

"Together, Venable and Yue strike just the right balance between funny and frightening. Youngest readers will appreciate the many visual clues to this puzzle's solution, while slightly older readers who love a good mystery will enjoy putting the pieces together." —Shelf Awareness

"Everything about it could be described as cute, from the art to the characters' personalities." —Publisher's Weekly

"Let's say you took Sam Spade and gave him whiskers and a tail. Or say you took Easy Rawlins, covered him in fur and set him up inside a pet store. Or say you took Hercule Poirot, lined his cage with grass and gave him wood chips to gnaw on so his teeth wouldn't grow too long. It wouldn't matter because you still wouldn't wind up with a sleuth as awesome as Detective Sasspants. Venable and Yue have created an instantly classic mystery series for young ones to enjoy. The stories are witty and fun. The mysteries are valid. And the art is just plain wonderful. You can consider me a loyal and dedicated fan of Guinea P.I." —Nick Bruel, creator of BAD KITTY

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Guinea PIG, Pet Shop Private Eye: Hamster and Cheese

by Colleen AF Venable, illustrated by Stephanie Yue
Lerner/Graphic Universe, April 2010

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 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! This is the first book in the Guinea PIG, Pet Shop Private Eye series.

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Reviews & Awards

"Unique characters, a creative setting, and sharp humor." —School Library Journal

"Middle graders will close this and ask right away for Detective Pants's next caper." —Kirkus Reviews

"A refreshingly cute blend of comedy, mystery, and adventure. Each little animal's unique personality is captured perfectly by the absolutely adorable drawings and blended with the witty dialogue in a way that makes this comic a perfect read for all ages." —Andy Runton, creator of OWLY

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Mousemobile

by Prudence Beitrose, illustrated by Stephanie Yue
Hyperion, October 2013

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Life is good for the four humans in Cleveland who know that mice have evolved into possibly the smartest species on earth. Eleven-year-old Megan and her cousin Joey have great summer jobs at the mouse-powered factory that makes Thumbtops-the tiny computers mice use to spread the word about climate change.

But suddenly, the Big Cheese, leader of the Mouse Nation, needs their help. There's trouble at his Headquarters in California. The four humans rush to the rescue, only to find themselves on a crazy road-trip-with way too many mice. Their journey takes them clear across the country, always just one step ahead of the mysterious enemy. Will the humans save the Mouse Nation, so mice can continue their fight for the health of the planet?

Get ready for the exhilarating sequel to Mousenet! This updated take on the classic mouse tale is charmingly illustrated and filled with friendship, humor and heart.

Brought to life with whimsical illustrations, Prudence Breitrose's debut novel is full of charm and adventure and will captivate today's computer-savvy middle-graders.

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Mousenet

by Prudence Beitrose, illustrated by Stephanie Yue
Hyperion, November 2011

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When ten-year-old Megan helps her uncle invent the Thumbtop, the world's smallest computer, mice are overjoyed, and they want one for every mouse hole.

The Big Cheese, leader of the Mouse Nation, has orders: follow that girl—even if it means high-tailing it to Megan's new home on the other side of the country. While Megan struggles as the new girl, the mice watch, waiting for their chance. But when they tell Megan the biggest secret in the history of the world—mice have evolved, and they need her help—she isn't sure anyone will believe her. With all of Mouse Nation behind her, Megan could become the most powerful girl alive, but just how will she create a Thumptop for every mouse?

Brought to life with whimsical illustrations, Prudence Breitrose's debut novel is full of charm and adventure and will captivate today's computer-savvy middle-graders.

Reviews & Awards

"Ultimately a satisfying reading experience. Pen-and-ink illustrations winningly complement the story. Give this to fans of Kate DiCamillo's The Tale of Despereaux (2003) and Elise Broach's Masterpiece (2008)." —Booklist

"Breitrose spins an enjoyable tale as she explores the nature of friendship, highlighting the timeless themes of individuality and respect for those who are different… Yue's illustrations throughout are suitably charming." —School Library Journal

"What if computer mice meant something more exciting than tech accessories—something that could change the world? …Genuine goodwill, humor and impressive believability will have readers longing for mice as friends—not to mention political allies." —Kirkus Reviews

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Nursery Rhyme Comics

Anthology, edited by Chris Duffy
First Second, October 2011

I have a full color comic in this anthology for the rhyme, Hickory, Dickory, Dock! For more information, visit MacMillan's page for Nursery Rhyme Comics.

Reviews & Awards

"Funny, strange, sweet, and surprising…not your mother's Mother Goose." —School Library Journal

"Beautiful…easy to read and fun to read aloud." —Publisher's Weekly

"A memorable showcase…the high levels of wit and invention never falter." —Kirkus Reviews

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Autobiographical Comics

Since 2006, I've been collecting my autobiographpical comics and self-pubslishing them into mini-comic volumes. They're usually the silly, lighthearted sort of personal stories I share with friends. Often they involve travel, martial arts, and me hurting myself.

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Catch me at a local comics festival, or purchase them online from the store.

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Smile

by Raina Telgemeier, colors by Stephanie Yue
Scholastic/Graphix, February 2010

I was the colorist for Raina's book, Smile. 224 pages, full-color. Sample pages below. For more information, visit the Smile page on Raina's website!

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