Millhouse by Natale Ghent is the story of a theatrical guinea pig languishing in a pet shop.
since his former owner died, Millhouse (or Milly, as he prefers to be
called) has lived at a rather unsuccessful pet shop. The other small
animals at the shop make fun of him for his theatrical ambitions, and
because he is a hairless guinea pig. Indeed, his appearance has proved
off-putting to more than one potential buyer, and Milly wonders if he
will spend his entire friendless life in a cage at the shop. Fortunately
for Milly, friendship awaits in unexpected places, and there may yet be
the perfect home out there just for him.
This book wanted to be
one of those sweet and charming animal stories, but I found it only
moderately successful. Milly's foibles didn't make me like him better,
and although I did thoroughly dislike the other guinea pigs at the pet
shop, I didn't think they were particularly distinct or at all
well-developed characters. Perhaps young readers who really love stories
of animals (and guinea pigs in particular) will embrace this book more
than I did, but I'm just not feeling it.
(Reviewed from a finished copy, courtesy of the publisher, obtained through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program.)