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Millhouse by Natale Ghent


by Natale Ghent

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Millhouse, or Milly, as he prefers to be known, is a hairless guinea pig who was brought up in the theatre by the great Shakespearean actor, Sir Roderick Lord Kingswagger. Milly became just as knowledgeable and well-versed in Shakespeare and enjoyed squeaking along with every line and striking an appropriate pose. When Sir Roderick died Millhouse ended up in a pet shop where the other residents did not appreciate his talents. Milly persevered, his natural upbeat character shining through.

This is a captivating story that encourages acceptance of others no matter how different, while at the same time remaining positive in the face of bullying. Ghent's endearing pen and ink illustrations are just right. Recommended for middle grade children or any child who is beginning to enjoy chapter books. For the writing, story, illustrations, and the subtle message, this one earns a full five stars. ( )
  VivienneR | Apr 21, 2017 |
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In the great tradition of animal based juvenile fiction this story shines. A pet store whose inhabitants are a really great group of characters that range from dramatic to honorable to down right mean, there is such fun getting to know them. Who knew a guinea pig's life could be that entertaining! Adorable and adventurous. Bravo!

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  LiteraryChanteuse | Apr 14, 2017 |
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A slow start, but an intriguing story.
Millhouse was a bit on the arrogant side and never learns to overcome this flaw in himself, however it was nice that the other animals learned to appreciate him (it would be better if they learned to appreciate him because of his personality, rather than an act he performs, but whatever). It can be a bit pretentious at part, but that's due to the nature of the titular character. ( )
  benuathanasia | May 19, 2016 |
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A sweet animal story for the 7 to 10 age range about pet shop animals mostly rodents: guinea pigs, mice, gerbils and a rat. The villain is a ferret. The book altogether is wholesome with themes of acceptance, believing in yourself and simply trusting that things will get better one day. The book tries to be one of those feel-good animal stories but misses the mark just never getting there. Millhouse is cute but not a character one gets attached to and no other character is fully developed. Meanwhile, the plot just meanders along. A sweet enough, innocent tale but one that is best suited to the attentions of the younger crowd, under tens, who perhaps have a special interest in guineas. ( )
  ElizaJane | Feb 27, 2016 |
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Ever 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. ( )
  foggidawn | Aug 31, 2014 |
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