Guinea Pigs Go Gardening

DK Publishing. Feb. 2021. 32p. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9780744026627.
K-Gr 2–Bob and Ginger are guinea pigs and expert gardeners who cheerfully provide advice as they face the unexpected in their own garden throughout the harvesting seasons. As guinea pigs, Bob and Ginger are properly motivated as herbivores to munch on garden fare and are not afraid of hard work. Sheehy illustrates the entire process of creating a garden, including how to mulch, compost, grid areas, irrigate, and harvest at different types of year. Once Bob and Ginger have their garden in place, it is clear that other obstacles await them. Weeds encroach on their produce, as do snails and pigeons, and the guinea pigs must solve these problems quickly. Using a warm, bright color palette, the digital artwork features double-page spread splash pages and smaller vignettes focused on specific tasks in clear detail. The text varies in size and boldness, which works in small doses for emphasis but at other times is distracting. End papers expound on gardening tips and pollination.
VERDICT An enthusiastic offering, and additional purchase for libraries where gardening and outdoor picture books are in short supply.

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