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The Battle of Bubble and Squeak

The Battle of Bubble and Squeak
 

Sid has been given a pair of gerbils, Bubble and Squeak, but his mother doesn't want them in the house! The battle to keep them is on.

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ISBN 9780333341902
Published 1 March 1983 by Oxford University Press
Format Hardback, New edition
Author(s) By Pearce, Philippa
Illustrated by Barker, Alan
Series M-Books
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ISBN-13 9780333341902
ISBN-10 0333341902
Stock Out of stock
Status Not currently available
Publisher Oxford University Press
Imprint Nelson Thornes Ltd
Publication Date 1 March 1983
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback, New edition
Edition New edition
Author(s) By Pearce, Philippa
Illustrated by Barker, Alan
Series M-Books
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
Learning & Study Skills
English Literature: Fiction Texts
Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 96
Dimensions Width: 130mm
Height: 190mm
Weight 210g
Interest Age 13+ years
Reading Age 13+ years
NBS Text School Textbooks & Study Guides: Literature, Arts & Humanities
ONIX Text Primary and secondary/elementary and high school;College/higher education
Dewey Code 823.914
Catalogue Code Not specified

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Sid has been given a pair of gerbils, Bubble and Squeak, but his mother doesn't want them in the house! The battle to keep them is on.

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US Review That perennial source of child-misery - an uptight mother who's not sympathetic to pets, especially the ratty sort - is deftly and unblinkingly examined by Philippa Pearce, though the situation is too familiar, and the outcome too predictable, to yield one of her more memorable fictions. The two gerbils, Bubble and Squeak (after the English beef-and-cabbage dish), are really Sid's - bestowed upon him by an Australia-bound acquaintance - but it's doting Peggy who can tell them apart, and little Amy who squeals. As for unassertive stepfather Bill, well, he once had white mice as a boy. . . . So there's a rush of resentment when Mrs. S., unbeknownst, gives the gerbils away (Sid runs off to the town's glummest woods) and despair when - after their return and the ensuing gerbil festival -she puts out their cage for the garbage man. But: Missus, he says devastatingly, you can't do this. There's something alive in here. To comfort the horrified Amy, Mrs. S. promises not to send the gerbils away again. And Sid, who's been equally intransigent, reluctantly agrees to let them stay with Peggy's accommodating friend for a cooling-off period. The final pair of crises thus finds the family more or less united: Bubble is mauled by a cat, Mrs. S. helps administer medication, and on the former owner's reappearance (Australia didn't suit ), everyone talks him over to acquiring replacements. An active story, intensely felt, discerningly put, and irresistibly pictured. (Kirkus Reviews)

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