From the Publisher
"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.
School Library Journal
Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
Thirty-four poems by Susan Katz chronicle the growing friendship between a boy and the only pet he's allowed, a guinea pig, in Oh, Theodore. When Mom vetoes the loud dog, scary snake and big horse, the boy brings home a creature "soft, plump, fuzzy, brownlike a teddy bear" and names him Theodore. At first, Theodore is wary but the boy's quiet gentleness soon wins his trust and he begins making all those soundswheet, chrrrr, peep, squeep, chut and woootzunique to guinea pigs. These carefully observed poems reveal Theodore's personality and quirksfear of the ringing phone, fondness for curling on the boy's shoulder like "a brown fur collar that purrs." Illustrator Stacey Schuett captures well the fuzzy appearance and expressiveness of these charming pets, from Theodore's initial anxious hiding under the hay to his affectionate nuzzling. This book will appeal to young lovers of animals and poetry. Reviewer: Mary Quattlebaum
A boy, settling for the one pet his mom will allow, narrates the gentle, mutual bonding between him and guinea pig Theodore. Short poems, accessible to primary-grade readers, detail the pet's slow acclimation to household life-despite the thuds, slams and phone rings that rattle it so. As the Latino narrator gains Theodore's trust by gently inuring him to being handled and petted, Katz deftly reveals how caring for a pet helps children become empathetic and capable. Theodore's temporary disappearance-he's found hiding in the spaghetti pot-adds a soupcon of drama. Schuett's warm-toned paintings, accented with blues and greens, charmingly extend the text; slightly cartoonish depictions exude child appeal. Both author and illustrator include accurate details about guinea-pig care. Whether readers tend pets or only pine for them, this collaboration is sure to satisfy. A nice addition for classrooms and libraries, and an easy handsell for bookstores. (Picture book/poetry. 4-8)