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 Wedgie & Gizmo
 Author: Selfors, Suzanne

 Illustrator: Skorjanc, Barbara Fisinger

 Publisher:  HarperCollins
 Pub Year: 2017

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 168 p., ill., 21 cm

 BTSB No: 796921 ISBN: 9780062447630
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Guinea pigs -- Fiction
 Dogs -- Fiction
 Pets -- Fiction
 Stepfamilies -- Fiction
 African Americans -- Fiction
 Latinos (U.S.) -- Fiction

Price: $17.21

[Volume 1] While his human Elliot adjusts to his new home and stepfamily, Gizmo, an evil genius guinea pig, searches for a new evil lair where he can plot to take over the world, but Gizmo is constantly thwarted by Elliot's little stepsister Jasmine (who likes to play dress-up), Abuela (who may or may not like to eat cavies), and Wedgie (a Corgi superhero and Gizmo's nemesis).

Wedgie & Gizmo, 1

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 3.70
   Points: 2.0   Quiz: 190602
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 3.20
   Points: 6.0   Quiz: 72363

   Kirkus Reviews (06/01/17)
   School Library Journal (05/01/17)
   Booklist (06/01/17)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/07/17)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 05/01/2017 Gr 2–5—Gizmo may be a guinea pig, but he considers himself to be an evil genius. When Elliot and his dad, along with Gizmo, move in with Jasmine and Jackson, their mom, and Wedgie, their dog, Gizmo vows destruction. Wedgie, or Super Wedgie, as he likes to be known, wears a red cape, loves to eat food off the floor, and does not like the vet. Through both animals' alternating points of view, readers learn about the adjustments of moving and becoming a new, blended family. Snippets of human conversations and lists of evil plans give a hilarious and unique perspective to this story of two families coming together. The illustrations and short chapters help break up the text for young readers, while the dialogue, formatted like lines in a script, make this ideal for readers theater programs. VERDICT This first installment is great for one-on-one sharing or independent reading. A solid purchase for libraries looking for early chapter books.—Shana Morales, Windsor Public Library, CT - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 06/01/2017 Gizmo, a bespectacled guinea pig—sorry, a cavy—with aspirations of world domination is dismayed when he’s moved from his cozy ecohabitat to a Barbie playhouse (horrors!). His owner Elliot’s dad recently remarried, and they moved to a new house with a whole new family, including stepsiblings Jasmine and Jackson and irrepressible corgi Wedgie. Gizmo doesn’t really care about all that, as long as he can eventually leave his infernal pink prison and enact his evil-genius schemes. Meanwhile, ever-jubilant Wedgie is eager to welcome his new family members, including the strange furry potato Elliot is so protective of. Gizmo and Wedgie alternate narrating duties in this hilarious chapter book, and their over-the-top personalities make the story clip along. Overheard snippets of conversations among the humans in the story concisely add emotional stakes, such as Elliot’s reluctance to adjust to his new family, without distracting from the comical pet narrators. Occasionally the humor gets a bit repetitive, but little ones elated by enthusiastic Wedgie and grumpy Gizmo will be too busy giggling to notice. Final art not seen. - Copyright 2017 Booklist.

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