Books by Colleen AF Venable

AMY THE RED PANDA IS WRITING THE BEST STORY IN THE WORLD by Colleen AF Venable
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A story that may encourage readers to be writers, too. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A paean to playfulness and following one's own vision as essential to creativity. Read full book review >
MERVIN THE SLOTH IS ABOUT TO DO THE BEST THING IN THE WORLD by Colleen AF Venable
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A book to hug close and then share with a friend. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A slow-jam of a meta-picture book leads up to a best thing, indeed. Read full book review >
GOING, GOING, DRAGON! by Colleen AF Venable
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"The happy ending is visible from miles off; fans will reach it and go right back to Book 1. (Graphic fiction. 7-11)"
Is there a dragon on the loose in Mr. Venezi's and Stuff? Read full book review >
RAINING CATS AND DETECTIVES by Colleen AF Venable
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Sass and Hamisher hint that they may be getting out of the detecting business given the end…let's hope NOT! (Graphic mystery. 7-11)"
Detective Sasspants returns! But this time, she has competition. Read full book review >
FISH YOU WERE HERE by Colleen AF Venable
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Great graphic tales for young readers and animal lovers; long may Sasspants detect! (Graphic mystery. 7-11)"
Will the Help Wanted sign in the window of Mr. Venezi's Pets & Stuff Shop bring good or ill? Read full book review >
THE FERRET'S A FOOT by Colleen AF Venable
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2011

"A winning graphic story all around. (Graphic mystery. 6-12)"
Sasspants, the mystery-loving guinea pig, returns to solve a new case with her faithful—perhaps too faithful—sidekick, Hamisher the hamster. Read full book review >
AND THEN THERE WERE GNOMES by Colleen AF Venable
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"A gem—please, tell us we'll be seeing more of Sasspants! (Graphic fiction. 6-11)"
The denizens of Mr Venezi's Pets & Stuff return for another hilarious mystery. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2010

"Middle graders will close this and ask right away for Detective Pants's next caper. (animal facts) (Graphic mystery. 8-12)"
There is skullduggery afoot at Mr. Venezi's Pets & Stuff: Someone keeps stealing his sandwich, which he puts outside the koala cage every day. Read full book review >