- Age Range: 4 - 7 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Lexile Measure: 1030L (What's this?)
- Paperback: 64 pages
- Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (April 29, 1985)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0395383684
- ISBN-13: 978-0395383681
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 43 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Capyboppy Paperback – April 29, 1985
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A capybara is a real animal. It is the largest existing rodent and looks something like a giant guinea pig, to which it is related. Normally the capybara lives near the rivers and lakes of South America, but this one lived with the Peet family.
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SPOILERS: I don't think animal cruelty should be taken lightly and when that kid kicked poor Capybobby it was glossed over like no big deal. Luckily Capyboppy wasn't badly injured but still it was uncalled for and inhumane. To top it off, clearly that capybara wasn't getting the proper habitat needed to thrive. The author acknowledges this at least. The they end up giving Boppy to the zoo and even there the staff didn't take proper recourse to keep him healthy and happy which is heartbreaking & tragic -again the book either glossed over what happened after the zoo or it was written before Capyboppy ultimately was killed there by another animal. I know the family did love and tried to care for their pet but they didn't end up finding the right home for him.
Conclusion: There are animal sanctuaries that now know how to properly care for these little guys but they are few and hard to find. Back when this book was written there were even less options. This book is a good reminder that one needs to understand the true nature of an exotic animal before adopting one and to only do so if you can afford the expenses, have the proper space/enclosure and habitat, an experienced local vet that can assist in caring for the animal's health when needed, a humanely sourced adoption option obtained within state legality standards and even the proper ownership permit/license where applicable.
I suggest "Wump World" as a better option although this is a well-illustrated story, it's hard to get through all the needless hardship this little capy had to endure.
When we got our pet capybara, Caplin Rous, this book served as a valuable guide for how to take care of a pet capybara. In many ways Caplin is very much like Capyboppy and in other ways he is quite different. It was hilarious when Caplin did something where he looked like one of the wonderful illustrations of Capyboppy in this book. We got him an inner tube just so we could see him sit in it. Turns out he loves that inner tube but we keep it in his pool.