Often mistaken for a rat . . . or, worse yet, a meal, Valentino is a guinea pig trying to find a home where he can live happily ever after. He runs away from his native home in Bolivia as a stowaway and he has many adventures until good fortune lands him in a pet shop. Soon after, he finally meets Maddie-- little girl with a lot of love to share-- who is hoping for the perfect pet. Who says dreams never do come true or there's no such thing as a happy ending? Just ask Valentino and Maddie!
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I do wish the author had not chosen to write the story in rhyming couplets. It's a format that is surprisingly hard to pull off, and in this case, the author didn't quite manage it, which actually makes the book harder to read aloud. I suspect it would have been just as easy -- in fact, easier -- to tell this tale in straight prose, and often that's a better choice.
Still, the illustrations are fabulous, with lots of little details to enjoy and the story of Valentino's escapades and eventual happy ending will satisfy the 4-and-under set.
Fun protagonist (if a guinea pig can be a protagonist)