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A Tale of Two Guinea Pigs
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on July 24, 2010
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As a 3rd grade teacher with a classroom guinea pig, I was looking for a book to read aloud to my class. The thing was, I didn't just want a picture book, or a how-to-take-care-of book, I wanted a book with a truly engaging story. After reading the story description and several reviews, I decided to give this book a try.

Reading this book outloud each day to my class, I felt like I hit the jackpot! I was as completely engaged in the story as the students were. In fact, after giving my students the [... ], my students insisted they hear the sequel to this book (setting: Christmas) even though it was May!

I would give this book my highest recommendation for children and adults alike. My students and I will never quite look at our guinea pig again the same way! The imaginative thinking this story encourages was truly a pleasure to see, even with students that think they only enjoy video games. Lisa Maddock's ability to have her readers connect to the characters makes this book pure fun!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on June 14, 2009
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This is an amazing book that will make anyone from 2nd graders to adults laugh! I would recommend this book to everyone, especially if they have or love guinea pigs. I am eleven years old and I think this book is extraordinary! I can't wait for the next one to come out!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 24, 2009
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This is an amazing book. A must have, for all ages. I read this book with my 8 year old daughter and i enjoyed it as much as she did.
Lisa, you have a rare talent! Not many people can write like this. Cant wait to read your next book. A++++++++
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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This tale of two talking guinea pigs is a delightful adventure for all ages. Teddy and Pip don't usually speak to people, but when their owner Amelia disappears, they trust nine-year-old Molly, their landlord's daughter, to help them find out what happened. Molly loves guinea pigs, but can't have her own thanks to dad's allergies (been there, done that). She also loves mysteries, and may be making a mountain out of a mole, or guinea pig hill, when a strange visitor comes to Amelia's and hides postcards meant for her boyfriend Wally, who promised to take care of the pets but also never came.

Aside from that little thing about talking animals, the characters and story are so realistic that the reader is swept along on a journey straight-forward enough for kids to follow, but carefully crafted so parents can share in the suspense. The book introduces how adorable Teddy and Pip are, but even if your young reader wants their own animals, you can encourage them to be like Molly and borrow them (although she does have a parakeet) and console them with news that Teddy and Pip appear in more fun -- and, I'm sure, funny -- adventures.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon October 17, 2009
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This is an amazingly funny, charming and engaging children's book. It is written in "classical English mystery" style, but for children and with a nine year old girl as a detective. The guinea pigs are hilarious, and adorable, and unlike any guinea pigs you have ever known, but if there ever was a contest for "the most guinea pig's behavior among guinea pigs" Pip and Teddy will win it hands down.

The story is beautifully and eloquently written. The characters brought to life so well, I could almost hear Pip perform his songs. Molly Jane, the nine year old detective, reminded me of Miss Marple. Well, much, much younger Miss Marple.

I think this is a fantastic children's book. I would especially recommend it for children who own several pets. For children who have guinea pig pets this book is a must, because it finally proves the obvious: Guinea Pigs are the best animals in the whole wide world and they CAN TALK, though they do not always choose to do so.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2009
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This is a very well written and enjoyable story by an author who has a great talent for story telling.
The main characters observations; interventions and thoughts about her parents were very real and extremely comical at times.
The humour is present throughout the whole story, which is long enough to get really stuck into.
I feel that the story appeals to all ages quite cleverly by hooking into the child part of us all.
I easily related to the main characters experiences of home life and enjoyed the whole air of mystery surrounding the goings on in the world of guinea pigs.
I would recommend this book to young and old alike and feel that some great stories are going to be coming our way from this author.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I'm glad I'm only writing a review of this book and not trying to classify it! I opened it expecting an adventure with guinea-pigs, and I wasn't disappointed: there are two of them, Teddy and Pip, hyperactive, self-centred and wisecracking. If guinea-pigs could talk, they would talk like Teddy and Pip. But it's also a detective story, and the real star is nine-year-old Molly Jane Fisher, who collects grandmothers and solves mysteries. And that's not all: there's even a romance story in the background between two of the minor characters. I enjoyed this book immensely and I think I'll be sending copies to guinea-pig-loving friends.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 11, 2009
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Be prepared to run out and buy your own pair of guinea pigs! You're going to fall in love with Teddy and Pip! These guinea pigs will make you laugh! Amelia, their owner, is an equally intriguing character...You'll find yourself laughing outloud throughout the entire book. Get ready for a grand adventure! Also, check out her book The Bridezilla Who Stole Christmas. These books would make AWESOME Christmas presents...to quote Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, "It is a great thing to start life with a small number of really good books which are your very own."
Another fantastic job, Lisa! Keep up the GREAT work!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 13, 2009
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I am twelve years old and have had guinea pigs for pets before. I love them. They are so loving but just like Teddy and Pip in the book, guinea pigs can get into all kinds of mischief. But they are also cute and sweet. I really liked how the guinea pigs could talk to each other and the people in the book. I also liked the book's plot, especially the girl detective part. I liked how she put all the clues together and I especially liked how the book ended. This is a good book for kids to read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 20, 2009
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Some pets are so devoted to their masters that there is no distance too far to travel. "A Tale of Two Guinea Pigs" is a charming story of two guinea pigs, left under the care of a cruel relative, who break out to find their beloved Amelia. With the help of a nine year old detective, they travel far and wide to where ever they need to find their owner. "A Tale of Two Guinea Pigs" is an entertaining read that will delight the young animal lover.
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