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Guinea Pigs Online: Furry Towers Paperback – 3 Jan 2013
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"Jennifer Gray and Amanda Swift's comical "Guinea Pigs Online" series for 5+ brings stories about pets surprisingly up to date" ""The Sunday Times"""
"adorably zany story ... Bursting with jokes" ""The Telegraph," on "Guinea Pigs Online"""
"adorably zany story ... Bursting with jokes" The Telegraph, on Guinea Pigs Online"
"Jennifer Gray and Amanda Swift's comical Guinea Pigs Online series for 5+ brings stories about pets surprisingly up to date" --The Sunday Times
"adorably zany story ... Bursting with jokes"--The Telegraph, on Guinea Pigs Online --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Fuzzy, Coco and Eduardo encounter sinister goings-on at a guinea pig hotel.See all Product description
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By Pop Bop - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is great fun. Coco and Fuzzy, (who are guinea pigs), talk, scheme, adventure, surf the internet, and exchange dry and pithy bon mots. Fuzzy is tech savvy; Coco is a bit posh because she once belonged to the Queen. What's not to love? It's as though a slightly smarter Bertie Wooster and Jeeves ate mostly lettuce and lived in a hutch in your bedroom. (Anyway, when I read that the two visited a social networking site called "Micespace" I knew I was going to like this author.)
In this episode of the Coco and Fuzzy series, (number two of at least four "Guinea Pigs Online" books), the two guinea pigs are deposited at Furry Towers, a supposedly elegant pet hotel, while their owners go out of town. Furry Towers is a dump and a front for shady dealings, and Coco, Fuzzy and their fellow prisoners have to plan a break out. The story partly runs as a goof on the movie "The Great Escape", which is pretty sly for a kid's book.
A number of interesting secondary characters complement our two heroes. My favorite was Edouardo the macho Andean Agouti guinea pig, who lives in the thicket behind the yard and harasses the foxes. There are a few 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 author clearly has a lot of respect for her 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 two 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 have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
They found the story line very entertaining and rolled around laughing at the idea of eau de wee wee perfume and Private pat rolling mud into pellets and putting them in the litter tray. My only complaint, if any, is that they laughed so much, I was struggling to read the rest of the story over the noise. I'm looking forward to ordering the rest of the series as Coco and Fuzzy are little stars.
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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