Dempsey’s insightful text and charming pen, pencil and watercolor illustrations are filled with intriguing details that will fuel conversations about what is involved in choosing a pet—as well as plenty of laughs. The charismatic Titch may well spark a guinea-pig bubble; he’s that cute.
Dempsey has a wonderful creation in her narrator Titch, a high-strung, self-aware guinea pig who yearns to be adopted. … Dempsey has something important to say about being empathetic, but she wisely keeps Bruno’s epiphany offstage so readers don’t feel clobbered by the message. Instead, they get to see the result of Bruno’s insight, which is far more fun and meaningful: an elaborate "guinea pig palace" designed and built by the boy himself, complete with a private "poo hut" and a fruit salad bar. The sense of relief and acknowledgement that the fretful Titch feels upon the big reveal—"In all my guinea-pig life (3 months and 3 weeks), I’ve never seen anything so incredible!"—is the very definition of a happy ending.
—Publishers Weekly Online
Dempsey has captured the longing of both the boy and the animal as they move toward that pet/owner bond. The illustrations, in light pastel colors, are loaded with detail that young children will love to peruse, such as the topiaries outside Bruno’s house, which resemble guinea pigs. … This is a good choice for children who are learning to predict a story’s outcome and for libraries needing more books about getting a pet.
—School Library Journal