Charlie and Lola: I Completely Know About Guinea Pigs: I Completely Know About Guinea Pigs

Charlie and Lola: I Completely Know About Guinea Pigs: I Completely Know About Guinea Pigs

by Lauren Child
     
 

Lola gets to bring the class guinea pig, Bert, home over school vacation! She takes good care of Bert, but when she and Charlie build him a guinea pig run, he escapes. They hunt all over, and when they find him, they also discover a big surprise-lots of absolutely very adorable baby Berts!

This new Charlie and Lola adventure will have readers giggling and

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Overview

Lola gets to bring the class guinea pig, Bert, home over school vacation! She takes good care of Bert, but when she and Charlie build him a guinea pig run, he escapes. They hunt all over, and when they find him, they also discover a big surprise-lots of absolutely very adorable baby Berts!

This new Charlie and Lola adventure will have readers giggling and wishing for a pet guinea pig of their very own.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2

In this book, adapted from a script from the television show Charlie and Lola , the siblings prepare for the arrival of the school guinea pig, Bert. Despite the fact that Lola knows less about guinea pigs and their care then her friends do, she is picked to take the animal home. She has determined that Bert is a girl because of his long pretty hair. Everyone assures her that she is wrong, but Lola is proven correct when, after a brief disappearance, Bert reemerges with a brand-new family. Readers already familiar with these children will be pleased to reacquaint themselves with sensible, steady Charlie and the always-playful, always-curious Lola. The illustrations are based on the animation from the television program, and they maintain Child's fun and energetic use of collage. The art fills almost every space without ever seeming cluttered, either by words or images. A spread in which Lola looks for her friends among the high grass of "Peruuuuuu!" serves to impart information (some guinea pigs come from Peru) while illustrating her constant energy and precociousness. This is not a pet-care book, but readers will learn plenty about guinea pigs. This entry in what is now a very popular series will please its fans.-Kara Schaff Dean, Walpole Public Library, MA

Kirkus Reviews
Where, oh where, is Soren Lorenson? The effervescent Lola has lost both her imaginary friend and her effervescence. The branding statements on the cover-"Charlie and Lola ™" and, wrapped 'round in Mouse ears, "Playhouse Disney"-give clues, which the verso of the title page confirms, in a teeny-tiny font: "Text based on the script written by Paul Larson and Laura Beaumont. Illustrations from the TV animation produced by Tiger Aspect." (Catalog that.) Sure, it looks like a Lauren Child book, with its dizzy collage design that combines fabric, photographs and spiky-haired cartoons, but the resemblance ends there. Lola's sturdy older brother Charlie is no longer a foil for his irrepressible little sister but merely her narrator, as she expresses her longing to babysit the class guinea pig for the vacation and then in short order loses it. Hmmm-didn't Clarice Bean do that first (Clarice Bean, Guess Who's Babysitting?, 2001)? Not only will children looking for an original Charlie and Lola story not find one, they won't even find an original story, period. Shame on everyone involved in this borderline-fraudulent endeavor. (Picture book. 3-6)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803732957
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
08/14/2008
Series:
Charlie and Lola Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.70(w) x 10.86(h) x 0.41(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

The New York Times bestselling author/artist Lauren Child ives in London, England.

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