Book Review - Gullible's Troubles
Gullible's Troubles


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by Margaret Shannon
Reading Level: Ages 4-8
Hard cover, 32 pages, Houghton Mifflin, 1998
0.42 x 11.37 x 9.13 inches, 0-395-83933-5

Margaret Shannon, author of Elvira ­ a story about a dragon who does not enjoy doing things other dragons do, writes a story about a young guinea pig who believes every word he hears. The youngster, Gullible Guineapig, goes to visit his Aunt Sarah, Uncle Bernard, and Cousin Lila in their country home by himself. His relatives know how gullible he is and tell him many stories.

Like most small children, Gullible Guineapig desires to help the guinea pigs he admires. But, those adults do not like him underfoot. To get rid of him, they send him off with one of their stories. How does Gullible feel about being brushed aside? What do Gullible's relatives learn after they mislead Gullible time and time again?

The pudgy piggies of Margaret Shannon roll straight through the human heart. Emotions flow from their facial expressions. The illustrations bring the story to life, as well as personal childhood experiences. The characters act their part, whether pesky toddler, "sophisticated" teenage girl, or wise adult.

This light-hearted story is a wonderful addition to any children's book collection. Children will laugh at the stories Gullible believes. Adults will reminisce about similar experiences from their own or their childšs childhood. Children of all ages will enjoy sharing this visit to a relativešs home.

Review written by on September 19, 1998.

Copyright 1998 M. E. Barr.


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