John Willy and Freddy Mcgee

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A life of nibbling grains and burrowing in straw is perfect for ordinary guinea pigs. Then again, it's perfectly boring for guinea pigs as extraordinary as John Willy and Freddy McGee! So, of course, when their cage door is left open, these two daring friends take the chance to escape. Out into the world they go, afraid of nothing. That is, until they suddenly hear—while inside the tunnels of a pool table: TAP! wumba BONK! tap-tap wumba BONK! Off they go again—this time back to their cage, but not for long! The ...

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A life of nibbling grains and burrowing in straw is perfect for ordinary guinea pigs. Then again, it's perfectly boring for guinea pigs as extraordinary as John Willy and Freddy McGee! So, of course, when their cage door is left open, these two daring friends take the chance to escape. Out into the world they go, afraid of nothing. That is, until they suddenly hear—while inside the tunnels of a pool table: TAP! wumba BONK! tap-tap wumba BONK! Off they go again—this time back to their cage, but not for long! The wonderful cut paper pictures of Caldecott Honor artist Holly Meade take young children on an adventure they will thoroughly enjoy.

Two guinea pigs escape from their safe but boring cage and have an adventure in the tunnels of the family's pool table.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
With handsome large-scale gouache and cut-paper pictures, the Caldecott Honor illustrator (Hush! A Thai Lullaby) sends the title characters, two bored pet guinea pigs who escape from their cage, on an eventful romp through the house. They make straight for the pool table. As Meade's playfully repetitive narrative explains, "Guinea pigs don't care at all about playing pool. They DO care about scurrying around and around in tunnels. They liked being inside the pool table. They liked it a lot." After the household cat (introduced in the art only) rolls balls through the table's pockets and into the guinea pigs' crawl space, the two scamper back to their cage, evidently relieved to be "home at last" (or not--the ending literally leaves the door open for another adventure). Readers will happily trace the adventurous protagonists' path in the lighthearted artwork. Meade's palette changes with virtually every spread, as each room in the house has a different color scheme. The pool-table sequence is particularly inspired, with the "tunnels" laid out against black backdrops while colored, oversize type supplies sound effects ("tap... bonkity-bonk!"). Susan L. Roth's Cinammon's Day Out (reviewed June 15), offers a similar plot featuring a roving gerbil; there the treatment is a bit more tender. This one, by contrast, has a mischievous streak. Ages 3-8. (Sept.)
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PreS-Gr 2-John Willy and Freddy McGee have everything they need in their comfortable cage-food, water, straw-"It is so perfect. It is so BORING." When the door is mistakenly left open, the impetuous guinea pigs venture out into the house. After scurrying across the floor and climbing up a chair back, they launch themselves onto a pool table and run through the long, narrow tunnels. Meanwhile, above their heads, a curious cat sets danger in motion with the swat of a paw and, as billiard balls begin to roll, the rodents experience a few tight moments. Finally, with the cat in pursuit, the friends retrace their steps and make a dash for the safety of home. Then, after a couple of relieved sighs, the intrepid travelers spy the open door and head out for another adventure. Meade's colorful, cut-paper collages work in harmony with her text, adding details and extending the action of the story. Broad, double-page spreads show the guinea pigs' route, while close-ups of the animals highlight their personalities. In the tunnel-view scene showing Freddy McGee's close call, a black background focuses the eye on the confrontation, while the sound effects ("BONKITY BONK! BONK!) appear in jaunty orange and yellow type. A fine tale of two courageous creatures and their indelible spirit of discovery.-Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal
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Meade (Minfong Ho's Hush!, 1996, etc.) solos for this fine adventure about John Willy and Freddy McGee, guinea pigs whose caged existence is boring. On the day when the cage door is left open, the two daredevils scoot out and start to explore, through the living room and into the game room, where they find the great green landscape (and tunnels) of a pool table. John Willy and Freddy McGee are busy cruising the tunnels when the cat that has been observing them tries to drive the pair into the open by dropping balls into the pockets. John Willy and Freddy McGee are banged about and nearly squashed, but effect an escape and scurry back to the cage and safety. Don't think of this as a cautionary tale on the perils of taking risks; instead, John Willy and Freddy McGee are the Lewis and Clark of their breed, finding not only the will to venture out, but the sense to know when it's time to go home. Particularly remarkable is how Meade, through impressive cut-paper pictures, captures the guinea pigs in their vacant, caged stage, and then, with little anthropomorphization, fashions two personable adventurers, full of brio. (Picture book. 3-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761453635
  • Publisher: Cavendish Square Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Series: Board Buddies Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 1 - 3 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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