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Guinea Pigs Online

By Amanda Swift and Jennifer Gray
Illustrated by Sarah Horne

  • Paperback
  • £5.99

A hilarious adventure about two resourceful guinea pigs who use the internet to help solve their problems.

Fuzzy and Coco are guinea pigs who live with their kindly owners, Ben and Henrietta Bliss. Coco likes to spend her days pampering herself and listening to harp concertos. Fuzzy is much more down to earth - he is a passionate cook who wants nothing more than to learn to make delicious meals for Ben and Henrietta.

So when Fuzzy spots an ad run by glamorous local chef Scarlet Cleaver stating 'Guinea Pigs Wanted', he is enormously excited - what a chance to learn some cooking skills! Coco warns him that the ad is not what he thinks, but he won't listen; when she's not looking, he sneaks off to find the restaurant.

And so Coco has to get online to try track Fuzzy down. But when Micespace reveals that guinea pigs from all over town have been taken away in a van by Scarlet Cleaver herself, Coco must set off on a rescue mission to prevent Fuzzy from ending up as main course on The Meat Cleaver's menu!

A captivatingly funny story that will delight readers age 5+.

Biographical Notes

Amanda Swift (Author)
Amanda Swift first worked as an actress, appearing in many commercials, including one for Angel Delight and another for Italian toilet-paper, Foxy. Theatre work included a show at Polka Children's Theatre and creating the role of the cleaning lady, Elvira Muckett, for Tony Hart's art show, Hartbeat. She has written for several children's series, including My Parents are Aliens, and has dramatised two Jacqueline Wilson books for Radio 4. She has written three novels for 9-12 year olds: The Boys' Club, Big Bones and Anna/Bella. She lives in London with her husband and her two hairy teenage sons.

Jennifer Gray lives in central London and Scotland with her husband, 4 children and overfed cat, Henry (after Henry the Eighth). She has been writing children's comedy for a couple of years and her work has received an honorary mention in the SCBWI Undiscovered Voices Competition. Jennifer likes writing about everything from guinea pigs to fairy godmothers, cats with attitude and evil geniuses. She recently completed the Certificate in Novel Writing course at City University. Writing is Jennifer's passion (along with chocolate cake) and her ambition is to be nominated for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize one day.

Jennifer Gray (Author)
Jennifer Gray is a former lawyer and now writes children's comedy. Her other work includes the Atticus Claw series. She lives in central London and Scotland with her family.

Amanda Swift is a former actress. She has written for several children's series, including My Parents are Aliens, and dramatised two Jacqueline Wilson books for Radio 4. She has written three novels for the 9+ age group. She lives in south-east London.

Sarah Horne (Illustrator)
Sarah grew up in Derbyshire, mainly under a snow drift. She spent much of her childhood scampering in the nearby fields with a few goats. Then she decided to be sensible and studied Illustration at Falmouth College of Arts, graduating in 2001. She has illustrated for many different projects including an ad campaign for Kew Gardens entitled 'Plantastic Play'. She has also undertaken commission from The Guardian and The Independent newspapers. Sarah now specialises in funny, inky illustration and words for children's fiction and picture books. Sarah likes to paint on very big canvas. She loves funny detail, colour, music, dreams and big open spaces. Sarah now works from a studio on a hill in Forest Hill, London.

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9780857389909
  • Publication date: 26 Apr 2012
  • Page count: 192
  • Imprint: Quercus Children's Books

'An enjoyable read, which ties in plenty of different threads to keep the story going ... a welcome addition to a class library' Books For Keeps.

'funny, entertaining and gripping' Booktrust.

— Booktrust
'Reading this book was a real delight' Our Book Reviews Online. — Our Book Reviews Online
'A really amusing story, with irresistible characters, that will delight readers age 5+, in a chunky format that is just right for small hands' Parents in Touch. — Parents in Touch

'Here is a laugh-out-loud adventure about these fantastic crazy characters. Boys and girls alike will enjoy this exciting book with its super illustrations' Ed's Reading Room.

'adorably zany story ... Bursting with jokes' Telegraph.

— Telegraph
'a really enjoyable story' We Love This Book. — We Love This Book
'Guinea Pigs Online is a wonderfully entertaining book to read ... I can't wait for the sequel!' Your Pets Online Magazine. — Your Pets Online Magazine
An enjoyable tale sure to enthral animal-loving readers' Inis. — Inis
''Slightly crazy and definitely out there but a really original tale for little ones' Sun. — Sun
humorous, witty and will make you giggle' Anorak magazine. — Anorak magazine
''The delightful illustrations enhance the likeable and distinctive characters. I went aww and alternately laughed through this 10/10 read' Nayu's Reading Corner. — Nayu's Reading Corner
Guinea Pigs Online is great fun' Library Mice. — Library Mice
''A very funny rescue tale that's as exciting as movies like G Force and Alvin and the Chipmunks' Daily Record. — Daily Record
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