Picture Book Review: Valentino Finds a Home, by Andy Whiteside

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Valentino Finds a Home, by Andy Whiteside
Often mistaken for a rat . . . or, worse yet, a meal, Valentino is a guinea pig trying to find a home where he can live happily ever after. He runs away from his native home in Bolivia as a stowaway and he has many adventures until good fortune lands him in a pet shop. Soon after, he finally meets Maddie—a little girl with a lot of love to share who is hoping for the perfect pet. Who says dreams never do come true or there’s no such thing as a happy ending? Just ask Valentino and Maddie!

Hardcover: 24 pages
Publisher: Star Bright Books (June 5, 2012)

My Thoughts:
Valentino Finds a Home is a cute story about a guinea pig that just doesn’t want to be eaten.  Or be called a rat.

It isn’t a remarkable story, but it is entertaining and a little humorous.  The illustrations are a combination of photography and vector graphics.  I personally enjoy the photography, but am not a fan of the illustrated people.  They just didn’t seem to go with the photographs.

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    Alise (Readers In Wonderland)
    February 28, 2013 at 4:53 am

    I have guinea pigs so I feel like I would enjoy this even though I don't have kids LOL. I feel like the photos and vectors wouldn't blend well together, I think I would have preferred it illustrated. That guinea pig sure is cute, though! Thanks for sharing!

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