Guinea Pigs Online
Fuzzy the guinea pig longs to be a cook. He gets plenty of practice when his owners are out, inventing delicious smoothies made of ketchup, eggs, garlic and a dash of washing up liquid. Then comes the chance to work in a real restaurant. But his hutch-mate, Coco, suspects all is not as it seems, and decides it’s up to her to rescue him before it’s too late. The only problem is she doesn’t have a clue how to use the internet, which she knows holds the key to his disappearance.
Enter Terry, one of her neighbour Banoffee’s many offspring, who shows her how it’s done. Soon they are both scouring Micespace for clues. Coco is quickly on her way to The Meat Cleaver, with a bit more help from Eduardo, the flamboyant, freedom-fighting Peruvian guinea pig that knows a thing or two about scooters.
The plot borrows heavily from Dodie Smith’s The Hundred and One Dalmatians, with animals mysteriously disappearing, a glamorous but vicious female villain with a deadly scheme, and plans for a daring rescue. Nonetheless, the modern twist works well, and the characters are original and believable, from Coco’s grand way of speaking and her tales of having once belonged to the Queen to Eduardo’s daredevil stunts. Sarah Horne’s imaginative black and white illustrations add greatly to the humour. An enjoyable tale sure to enthral animal-loving readers.
This review was published online in