As the only guinea pig left in Mrs. Pinkerley s pet shop, Titch is getting lonely and anxious. All he wants is his very own Big Person. Read more...
As the only guinea pig left in Mrs. Pinkerley s pet shop, Titch is getting lonely and anxious. All he wants is his very own Big Person. Then one day a boy named Bruno comes into the shop looking for the perfect pet. Their eyes meet, and Titch has a home at last There s just one problem: Bruno loves to play and invent wild games and make big messes (and eat sticky pancakes). As for Titch, well, he prefers the quiet life a nice nap, a plate of salad leaves. Will they find a way to make their friendship work, or will Titch end up back where he started, in the pet shop? Sheena Dempsey offers a contemporary and comical take on new pets and new friends."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-08-04
- Reviewer: Staff
Dempsey (Bye-Bye Baby Brother!) has a wonderful creation in her narrator Titch, a high-strung, self-aware guinea pig who yearns to be adopted. When a boy named Bruno finally makes Titch's dream comes true, it soon looks like a case of "be careful what you wish for." While Bruno is inventive and well-meaning, he is also a touch oblivious, involving Titch in activities that are "too high or bouncy or fast" for a small rodent. Dempsey has something important to say about being empathetic, but she wisely keeps Bruno's epiphany offstage so readers don't feel clobbered by the message. Instead, they get to see the result of Bruno's insight, which is far more fun and meaningful: an elaborate "guinea pig palace" designed and built by the boy himself, complete with a private "poo hut" and a fruit salad bar. The sense of relief and acknowledgement that the fretful Titch feels upon the big reveal—"In all my guinea-pig life (3 months and 3 weeks), I've never seen anything so incredible!"—is the very definition of a happy ending. Ages 3–7. Agent: Penny Holroyde, Caroline Sheldon Literary Agency. (Aug.)