A must have for those who have or even thinking of being owned by guinea pigs! Geared to teach children how to be responsible pet owners, so adults, take advice like "clean the cage out every day" or "fill the food bowl up to the brim" or "don't kiss your guinea pigs" with a grain of salt--sure, we know better, but that's only AFTER being guinea pig slaves for some time--a kid or novice guinea pig slave would NOT know any better, and it couldn't hurt to overdo the cage-cleaning or feeding than UNDERdo it. Those slaves who also have Peter Gurney's gp books might recognise some familiar faces--he lent some of his vast piggie menagerie for all the photos. The book is set up like the Eyewitness or Ultimate series--cut outs of the subjects on plain white background with little paragraphs here and there instead of pages and pages of text. WARNING: Crayon Bright colors abound! Get out those sunglasses! :) The only complaint I have--besides the "don't kiss your gpigs" statement NOT TRUE!--is that it is really written for those in Europe, esp. England.
Most places in America it is impossible to keep a gpig outdoors, let alone find a safe patch of grass for them to eat. This important fact omitted from the book keeps it from being a 10--YOU CANNOT LET PIGGIES EAT GRASS THAT HAS BEEN SPRAYED OR ANOTHER ANIMAL HAS DEFECTATED ON. Also, poisionous plants were not really discussed, and the health section basically said--"If your gpig gets sick, go to the vet." Not every sniffle and bump needs the attention (and expense) of a vet and so it would have been nice to see that fleshed out a bit. However, in Roger Caras' introduction, he wisely states "In a very real way, your pets are your infant children" and if a child develops the habit of taking his/her gpigs to the vet at the first sign of trouble, perhaps all pets and infant children of such a person would be better off!