By Susan Katz
(Clarion Books, Hardcover, 9780618702220, 48pp.)
Publication Date: September 2007
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Come meet Theodore: a plump, fuzzy guinea pig with a big appetite, a lot to say, and a personality all his own. As you, and his new owner, get to know him, you'll find out what he eats and how he speaks. You'll also discover the work involved in caring for a pet: feeding, cleaning, and taking him out for exercise. But it hardly seems like work once your pet becomes your best friend.
With the popularity of guinea pigs as family and classroom pets, Theodore's antics are sure to ring true to many readers. And for those who haven't had a guinea pig of their own, these short, funny, and accessible poems will create a vivid first impression.
Susan Katz is the author of LOOKING FOR JAGUAR AND OTHER RAINFOREST POEMS (Greenwillow), which received starred reviews, and two other poetry collections. Her novel, SNOWDROPS FOR COUSIN RUTH, (Simon and Schuster) was a Publishers Weekly "Flying Start." She lives in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.
"An oversize format with plenty of white space adds appeal, and the short text can be used with beginning readers." Booklist, ALA
"Exude[s] child appeal ... A nice addition for classrooms and libraries, and an easy handsell for bookstores." Kirkus Reviews
The acrylic illustrations add tremendously to the appeal of the picture book, using a palette of browns, blues, and greens for both boy and guinea pig, incorporating intense shades an white to highlight textures.
Patience, responsiblity, humor, and love are found in full measure in this book that children will enjoy.
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