Monday, 27 May 2013

Review: Guinea Pigs Online - Viking Victory by Jennifer Gray and Amanda Swift

Publisher: Quercus
Format: Paperback
Released: June 6th, 2013
Rating: 7/10

Amazon summary:

A nasty builder with a huge digger is threatening the guinea pigs' woodland! The furry pals must protect it - but how? Terry wants to tell all his friends online... Eduardo thinks a protest song will do the trick... While Coco just wants everyone to get on with it! Then they meet Olaf the Viking guinea pig who claims to be over 1,000 years old. Can they use his ancient tactics to help fight the builder?


Guinea Pigs Online: Viking Victory is a fun, quick read for younger readers, and includes many illustrations of guinea pigs of all shapes and sizes. It's the first book I've ever read about guinea pigs - who knew they were so clever?!

In this book, the third in the series, Terry, Eduardo and Coco the guinea pigs spring into action when a builder arrives on their copse. Armed with a digger and intent on destroying their home, the guinea pigs hatch a plan to stop the builder, and in the process they meet Olaf the Ever-Ready, a Viking guinea pig who says he's a thousand years old!

This book is very fun and slightly bonkers. The guinea pigs are worldly and brave, they can blog and use the Internet as if they were human. They can also fend off actual humans using baked bean tins for armour and carrots as horns. Ingenious, really.

Younger readers will enjoy reading this one, while at the same time learning a little bit about Viking ships and a bit about not building on protected land. I'm sure they'll all want a guinea pig too, preferably one who thinks he's an ancient warrior with a ship. Even I would want one of those!

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