Peewee's Tale

Johanna Hurwitz, Author, Chronicle Books, Author, Patience Brewster, Illustrator Chronicle Books $14.95 (96p) ISBN 978-1-58717-027-0
A guinea pig narrates Hurwitz's (One Small Dog) endearing story of the furry fellow's adventures in New York's Central Park. Nine-year-old Robbie, though disappointed when his uncle gives him a guinea pig rather than a puppy for his birthday (""I ran around inside my cage, trying to act like a puppy,"" says the narrator), soon grows fond of PeeWee. Not so his skittish mother who, one day while Robbie is at a sleepover, instructs her husband to set the critter loose in Central Park. PeeWee is at loose ends in this alien environment, but his new pal, Lexi the squirrel, passes on survival strategies (e.g., ""Don't count your nuts until they are shelled""). PeeWee responds in kind by using his unorthodox skill: he learned to read from his mother, who lived in a cage in a schoolroom, and warns Lexi about the city's plan to cut down the tree that Lexi calls home. Through PeeWee's perspective, Hurwitz delivers some humorous and insightful observations about the urban outdoors and brings the tale to a satisfying resolution. Brewster's engaging, black-and-white spot art will draw readers into this story, and the smaller-than-average trim size complements its diminutive star. Ages 7-10. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 07/31/2000
Release date: 08/01/2000
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Paperback - 112 pages - 978-1-58717-111-6
Prebound-Other - 978-0-606-24338-4
Prebound-Glued - 978-0-7569-4212-0
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