Guinea Pigs Online

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In this hilarious adventure for elementary school readers, a team of lovable, fuzzy guinea pigs gets online to solve their mysteries.

Fuzzy the guinea pig is a great friend to have--he's always cheerful, he cooks like a pro (his specialty is ketchup and dish soap), and he loves to surf the web. His stylish hutch-mate Coco is Fuzzy's best friend, though even she can't understand his fascination with computers.

When Fuzzy goes missing, though, ...

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Overview

In this hilarious adventure for elementary school readers, a team of lovable, fuzzy guinea pigs gets online to solve their mysteries.

Fuzzy the guinea pig is a great friend to have--he's always cheerful, he cooks like a pro (his specialty is ketchup and dish soap), and he loves to surf the web. His stylish hutch-mate Coco is Fuzzy's best friend, though even she can't understand his fascination with computers.

When Fuzzy goes missing, though, Coco is forced to get online for answers. On the social site Micespace she learns that her friend could be in terrible danger, so Coco assembles an extraction team to get him back: Terry, a technology whiz whose computer skills are second to none; Banoffee, a mother of fourteen with the organizational and motivational powers to match; and Eduardo, the heroic (and very handsome) Peruvian freedom fighter. Will Coco and her guinea pig commandos find a way to rescue Fuzzy and get back home alive?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
10/14/2013
This series launch stars two irresistible guinea pigs friends who share a cage but don't always "see eye to eye, or even whisker to whisker." Go-getter Fuzzy is an aspiring chef, but his attempt to cook for his owners (egg, ketchup, garlic, and dishwashing soap in a blender) backfires comically. Meanwhile, Coco laments the loss of her former harp-playing, queen-hobnobbing life ("One does miss Buckingham Palace"). Fuzzy disappears after reading a newspaper ad announcing that a new London restaurant is looking for guinea pigs. When Coco discovers (via Fuzzy's "Micespace" page) that other guinea pigs have also gone missing and that the eatery is serving "groundbreaking" fare, she's determined to rescue her friend before he lands on the menu. Adding to the mayhem is a Peruvian guinea pig "freedom fighter" who joins Coco's mission, which Gray and Swift bring to a rowdy close. A generous smattering of pictures—Horne's (You Get What You Get) hilarious halftones carry a whiff of Quentin Blake—and a large font help make this a very accessible read. Ages 5–8. (Nov.)
Kirkus Reviews
2013-09-15
Fuzzy and Coco, two very different guinea pigs, are very good friends. Fuzzy and Coco live in London with Ben and Henrietta Bliss, an animal-rescue worker and a veterinarian, respectively. Fuzzy loves to cook (though he's bad at it), and Coco loves to talk about her relationship with the queen (no one believes her, but her origins are murky). When Fuzzy's celebrity-chef idol, Scarlet Cleaver, opens a new restaurant nearby and advertises for guinea pigs, Fuzzy scampers out the cat flap despite Coco's warnings. Coco turns to the Internet to find the restaurant. What she and new friend Eduardo find is terrifying-ish. Can they save Fuzzy? And does Coco really know the queen? Gray and Swift's occasionally smile-inducing series debut may disturb its target audience stateside, who likely do not know guinea pigs are eaten elsewhere in the world. Several events played for laughs (an encounter with a fox posing as a guinea pig online, serving the queen a live guinea pig because there's no time to cook it) are unfunny head-scratchers. Horne's black-and-white illustrations are delightfully goofy if occasionally misplaced, but they and an associated website listing with some activities, recipes and Internet safety tips just don't make this worthwhile. Vast libraries of humorous animal fantasies available both locally and from across the pond make this an easy title to ignore. (Humor. 7-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781623650377
  • Publisher: Quercus
  • Publication date: 11/12/2013
  • Pages: 194
  • Sales rank: 956,121
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Gray has been writing children's comedy for years and her work has received many accolades. Writing is Jennifer's passion (along with chocolate cake) and her ambition is to win the Roald Dahl Funny Prize one day.

Amanda Swift has written books for several well-established children's series, including My Parents are Aliens, and has dramatized several books for the radio. She has also written three novels for middle grade readers: The Boys' Club, Big Bones, and Anna/Bella.

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