There is nothing unusual about guinea pig Harry Stevenson. He eats, he sleeps, and when sleeps he dreams about what he can eat. In fact his life pretty much revolves around food…and it is this love of food that is the cause of the many hilarious situations that Harry finds himself in. This book is two adventures in one which means double the fun.
Where Are You Harry Stevenson - Harry lives with seven-year-old Billy Smith and his family, and right now it is a very busy household as the Smith family are moving home. Neither Billy or Harry are particularly excited at the prospect of moving but boxes have been packed, Harry’s cage has been filled with hay and the house has been emptied. Waiting on in a wall in the outside world, Harry is sitting patiently in his cage ready to be loaded onto the van with all of the other possessions. But what’s that smell? Dandelions. If there’s one thing that Harry loves, it is dandelions. And these dandelions are just begging to be eaten. Surely a quick trip for a tasty treat won’t be a problem. Harry is about to have a very eventful day…
Come Down Harry Stevenson - After just about surviving moving day, Harry and Billy are struggling to settle into their new home. It just isn’t the same as their old place. It is Billy’s birthday soon and with the promise of a party hopefully Billy’s mood might improve. With Harry around, drama, adventure and mischief are never far away. And the fun and games of party time soon turn into frantic gasps as Harry finds himself up, up and away…
Harry Stevenson is a delightful read about the adventures of a plump, fluffy guinea pig. The lively illustrations in shades of neon orange are really eye-catching and the ever changing expressions of Harry are funny.
The relationship between child and pet is lovely. Harry knowing when Billy is feeling sad and what he needs to do to cheer him up - whatever the problem, it is nothing that a snuggle and a nibble can not fix. It always refreshing to read a book that has BAME main characters. Ali Pye has included issues surrounding loneliness, new beginnings, friendships and anxiety into her book and these issues are handled sensitively.
I’m a big fan of this sweet, fast-paced adventure story. It is perfect for fans of Claude by Alex T. Smith and Piggy Handsome by Pip Jones.
Recommended for 6+.