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Guinea Pigs Online: Christmas Quest Paperback – 7 Nov 2013
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"adorably zany story ...Bursting with jokes" ""The Telegraph" on "Guinea Pigs Online"""
"adorably zany story ...Bursting with jokes"--The Telegraph on Guinea Pigs Online
"Slightly crazy and definitely out there but a really original tale for little ones"--The Sun on Guinea Pigs Online
"Guinea Pigs Online is a wonderfully entertaining book to read ...I can't wait for the sequel!"--Your Pets Online Magazine on Guinea Pigs Online --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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In this episode of the Coco and Fuzzy series, (number four of at least five "Guinea Pigs Online" books), the two guinea pigs become involved in a story with a lot of different angles. It's Christmas in Strawberry Park and the two are looking forward to a traditional holiday with their owners. Then a certain matter involving lost Inca gold intrudes and the whole gang ends up traveling to Peru. NO SPOILERS HERE, but we end up trekking, skiing, flying, escaping, rescuing and generally having a high speed non-stop adventure. More than the other books, which tend to have milder plots, this one is heavily action oriented.
A number of interesting secondary characters complement our two heroes. My favorite is Edouardo the macho Andean Agouti guinea pig, who lives in the thicket behind the yard and harasses the foxes. He is featured in this book, which suited me fine. There are a few other regulars from book to book and then a few guest characters in each individual book so there is a lot of variety. And these characters have well defined, engaging and individual presences, which is sort of amazing for an early reader book, when you think about it.
The writing is very accomplished. There is never a hint of condescension, and the authors clearly have a lot of respect for their kid readers. The descriptions and the plotting are neither too thin nor belabored, so that the story moves along at a nice pace but never loses the reader. The whole thing feels light and airy, but there is a lot of craft at work under the surface. As Coco might say, "One appreciates the effort".
It seems this would be a fun read-to; I can imagine hamming it up a bit, using different voices for the two heroes as I read this out loud. It would also work as an independent read, as it seems that it would be quite manageable, (maybe with a little help here and there), for the target interest/reading level young readers.
So, a nice find that adds some gentle good humor to the early reader category, and introduces several very amiable and appealing heroes. Worth a close look for sure. (Please note, while I received a free advance ecopy of this book in exchange for a candid review I otherwise have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
both me and all my family have thoroughly enjoyed this book as well as the rest of the series & love it when a new one comes out.
fabulous book to read over and over :-)
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