If your sister has a guinea pig, you might think that is boring. So, what kind of pet would you like to get? This little boy dreams of having many kinds of exotic animals including a bear, a smoking dragon, a panther, an eagle, a sea monster, or even a dinosaur. But, in the end his sister helps him decide that a guinea pig is just as exciting as all those animals. The illustrations in this book are colorful and vivid. They capture the essence of the story and augment the points the author makes about the benefits of having a guinea pig as a pet. This would be a great book for families who want to have a guinea pig in their home because it teaches in a fun way all the things the guinea pig can do. The book also teaches about sharing, as the brother and sister finally share the pet together. Reviewer: Nicole Peterson Davis
School Library Journal
PreS-K—Big sister loves her guinea pig, but her younger brother can think of more interesting pets. He imagines the thrill of having a pup, but his sister says dogs are smelly and messy. He enthuses about having a bear, but she nixes that idea, too: a bear is too big to sleep in bed with her. How about a huge smoking dragon? That would show her! When his sister points out that dragons don't really exist, the boy suggests other amazing pets, among them a panther, polar bear, eagle, rhino, dinosaur, sea monster, and rat. Any one of those would do. Then his sister places the guinea pig on his arm, where it runs, leaps, slides down, and then zooms off, leading the two children into a "fantastic game of hide-and-seek." Suddenly, a guinea pig is not so bad, and maybe they could share the pet, although the boy still wants to have a dragon someday. While the story line is common, the children and animals shine and take center stage in the big, bold, and colorful illustrations, with backgrounds minimal or nonexistent.—Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI
An exuberant (and imaginative) little boy pooh-poohs the idea of having a boring guinea pig for a pet…until he gives it a try. Not satisfied with his sister's cute and cuddly guinea pig, the narrator wants a cool pet…like a dog. Watercolor scenes from his imagination fill the next spread, showing readers the fun that he could have with a dog. But a page turn brings him back to reality, his sister explaining that dogs are smelly and messy--the opposite of guinea pigs. This pattern continues as the boy imagines life with a shaggy bear and a smoking dragon. And why stop there? One page is a hodgepodge of (similarly inappropriate) pets, wickedly toothy in Taylor's artwork. But when the wise sister places her beloved pet on her little brother's knee, it's the start of more than just a merry game of hide-and-seek. He agrees he'd like to share her pet, admitting guinea pigs can be fun..."though I'd still like a dragon someday!" Taylor's children have a sweet sibling relationship (minus the dragon breathing fire at the sister), while page turns nicely build suspense. The parents of young readers who enjoy this may want to read aloud Guinea Dog (2010) by Patrick Jennings next. No guarantee that children will choose a guinea pig as a pet (especially with all these choices!), but the odds are in parents' favor. (Picture book. 4-9)
Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.30 (d)
Meet the Author
Adrian Reynolds was born in Wales. He has published more than forty books including four Pete and Polo titles, Big Red Bath by Julia Jarman, Bear in the Cave by Michael Rosen, and the hugely popular Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs series, written by Ian Whybrow.