Gerbilitis (Weebie Zone)

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Unenthused about having to care for Weebie, the class gerbil, during summer break, Garth is astonished when he realizes that he can communicate with Weebie and has wonderful adventures that he fears will end with the summer.

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Grade 3-4-Reminiscent of Beverly Cleary's The Mouse and the Motorcycle (Morrow, 1965), these first two books in a new series feature a gerbil that talks to the main character. In Gerbilitis, Garth is recruited to take care of the class gerbil for the summer. He is a reluctant caregiver, and often forgets to give his charge food or water. Finally Weebie bites him, Garth's ears pop, and-lo and behold-he can hear the gerbil yelling and complaining, thus learning the responsibilities of pet care. Garth can now understand many animals-his cat, and even a bear-in this story packed with many moral lessons, family problems, etc. Sing, Elvis tells of Garth and Weebie visiting eccentric Aunt Barb, whose hound dog, Elvis, is depressed: the canine practices the national anthem all the time, but is unable to fulfill his dream of singing at an Atlanta Braves game. Garth and Weebie find a way to make it happen, and all works out fine. Lighthearted pen-and-ink illustrations appear throughout each title. Good additions for any public or school library.
Charlyn Lyons, Wichita Public Library, KS
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Publishers Weekly:

This snippet of a story stars a gerbil named Weebie, a third-grade classroom pet spending the summer with Garth. After the boy forgets to give his visitor sufficient food and water, the disgruntled critter bites his finger. Suddenly the two can communicate verbally and, in no time at all, Garth's sulky, hungry cat, who has her eyes on Weebie, is also talking to her owner ("Just let me nibble on his little toes," she coos). The plot takes yet another inane turn when Garth encounters a bear in the woods during a family camping trip. By this time, kids will expect the two to chat?and they do. Garth and Weebie convince the towering creature to stage a sham attack on their campsite, hoping that the bear scare will bring his constantly squabbling parents together?and it does. Overall the writing isn't clever enough to pull off such a preposterous set of premises, although there may be enough in the way of amusing scenarios and droll lines to encourage kids to move on to the second Weebie Zone tale, Sing, Elvis, Sing!, due out at the same time. Ages 7-9.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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