Friday, May 4, 2012

Obi, Gerbil on the Loose

Obi, Gerbil on the Loose (Obi #1)
Michael Delaney
Dutton Children, 2008
$16.99, Hardcover
April 5th, 2012

Genre: Humor
Age: 7+
Description: Obi, a small female gerbil living with her adoptive mother Rachel, is shocked to learn from the three housecats that the Armstrong family is going on a vacation. At first, she thinks she’ll get to go along but when the human mobile leaves the neighborhood and doesn’t return she realizes she’s all alone. What makes matters worse is that Tad, Rachel’s older brother Craig’s best friend, is in charge of feeding the many Armstrong pets (three cats, one large dog, a talking bird, a snake, a tarantula, and three goldfish) and Tad seems to have totally forgotten about Obi. Fearing she will die without food, she discovers a way out of her cage—the only problem is the kitchen is far away and she has many obstacles in her way. When she meets an old, cynical mouse who lives in the attic who tries to convinced her to turn against her human captors, she must begin to wonder if Rachel really doesn’t love her since she appears to have not bothered to tell Tad to feed her. Can she channel the powers of her namesake—Obi Wan Kenobi—to make the daring trip to the kitchen or will she wither away in her cage?
Opinion: Obi was a cute book with tons of laugh out loud moments and is a great recommendation for readers who like animal stories. All the characters have their own personalities and Obi has a fun voice readers will fall in love with. A sequel is just finally set for release this summer; however, it has more realistic cover illustrations which I feel take away from the fun nature of the series. There are illustrations throughout the story.

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