By Lerner Books

Reviewed for Second Grade, 2010

Someone keeps stealing Mr. Venezi's sandwiches. When a slamming door knocks the last letter off of the sign SASSPANTS: GUINEA PIG, a local hamster mistakes him for a PI. Now the newly appointed private investigator will stop at nothing in his search for the thief. This mini comic book rings in at just 48 pages, making it digestible enough for kids still struggling with longer chapter books, and accessible enough for reluctant readers. While this might not exactly be high brow fair, silly jokes, ridiculous misunderstandings, and a cast of fun characters - from a school of confused fish to a set of very high maintenece rabbits, keep things hopping... and kids reading! (Lerner Books, $6.95)