Perfect Picture Book Friday! Do You Really Want a Guinea Pig? by Bridget Heos

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is a great book to find out if you truly want a guinea pig!

wantguineapigDo You Really Want a Guinea Pig?

Written by Bridget Heos
Illustrated by Katya Longhi
24 pages – ages 5+
Published by Amicus Illustrated on September 1st, 2015

Theme- Proper Care of a Pet

Genre- Instructional Nonfiction

Opening and Synopsis- Opening Lines: “So you say you want a guinea pig. You really, really want a guinea pig.

But do you really want a guinea pig?

Synopsis: Do you want a guinea pig? Are you sure that you want a guinea pig?  If you aren’t, this book will give you the run-down on owning a guinea pig. It will tell you what they eat, how they live, and much more! Now, do you really want a guinea pig?


What I Thought- This is a great book for deciding if you actually want a guinea pig for a pet or any other animal for that mater. I like how the book goes through the basic necessities of the guinea pig (food, water, a home, etc.) and all that is involved for caring for a pet. It shows you what will happen if you don’t take care of your guinea pig – with sometimes funny statements from the guinea pig (about what it is thinking – like “Could I see the dessert menu, please?”). This book belongs to a series called “Do You Really Want a Pet?”, and they detail several different common pets. Judging from this book, this is a great series for basic pet research. The illustrations are fun and they add a little humor to the story. I really enjoyed this book!

Activities and Resources- Do some research into a pet that you think you want, or just do research on an animal. There is a great bunch of information over at Jackies guinea pigs about owning these little guys – click HERE.

The Humane Society has information on not just guinea pigs but all sorts of pets – click HERE.

HERE is a test to see if your kids are ready for a pet.


To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!

Categories: Age 1-5, Age 6-9, Perfect Picture Book Friday

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12 replies

  1. Cute illustration on the cover!

  2. What a fun way to learn about pet ownership!

  3. Many kids want a pet bit don’t realize the work involved in keeping one. This is a good book to explain that!

  4. What a great idea for a book series! Had never heard of it – thanks for sharing, Erik!

  5. My son has been wanting a dog for years. Now that we have a house, we may be able to make that happen. We thought about a guinea pig a long time ago, but it all seemed like too much work piled on top of our already hectic schedules. Sounds like this is a good book to help families decide if they’re ready.

  6. It is a great series 🙂

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