Monday, 28 May 2012

Guinea Pigs Online by Jennifer Gray & Amanda Swift (Children's, 5 years +, 10E/10E)

 Don't they look cute?

April 2012, Quercus
184 pages, Paperback
Review copy

Themes: animals out and about, high class guinea pigs, streetwise (& not so streetwise) guinea pigs, crafty animals, trusting nature, bonds of friendship & family, useful IT skills, loonatic personalities, lots of peril and drama, lots of humour, a happy ending

Summary from Quercus
Fuzzy and Coco are guinea pigs who live with their kindly owners, Ben and Henrietta Bliss. Coco likes to spend her days pampering herself and listening to harp concertos. Fuzzy is much more down to earth - he is a passionate cook who wants nothing more than to learn to make delicious meals for Ben and Henrietta.

So when Fuzzy spots an ad run by glamorous local chef Scarlet Cleaver stating 'Guinea Pigs Wanted', he is enormously excited - what a chance to learn some cooking skills! Coco warns him that the ad is not what he thinks, but he won't listen; when she's not looking, he sneaks off to find the restaurant.

And so Coco has to get online to try track Fuzzy down. But when Micespace reveals that guinea pigs from all over town have been taken away in a van by Scarlet Cleaver herself, Coco must set off on a rescue mission to prevent Fuzzy from ending up as main course on The Meat Cleaver's menu!

Nayuleska's thoughts
Guinea pigs on a mission! I never knew just how many entertaining personalities there are for the small rodents. Life is tough if they venture outside of the hutch, especially for those with a classier upbringing (be it imagined or real), but the fun once new skills are learned, the joy of making new friends after harrowing events makes it all worth it. There's a flapjack recipe and a crossword at the end to work on. The delightful illustrations enhance the likeable and distinctive characters. I went aww and alternately laughed through this awesome read.

Suggested read
If you like animals who get up to lots of fun outside their cages, check out the escapades of one clever bunny, Stunt Bunny: Tour Troubles by Tamsyn Murray.

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