Book Review: A Guinea Pig Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, Tess Newall & Alex Goodwin

Charles Dicken’s classic Christmas ghost story is brought to life in this abridged retelling with guinea pigs photographed in costume to illustrate the tale. It’s a fun, cute stocking-stuffer for the holiday season.


Santa arrives in Adelaide today with the annual Christmas Pageant and what better way to celebrate than with the greatest Christmas tale ever told, now with guinea pigs!

Based on Charles Dicken’s classic ghost story, Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the ghosts of Christmases past, present and future to learn the error of his miserly ways. This abridged but faithful retelling by Tess Newall and Alex Goodwin turns the magic into furballs of utter joy for a whole new generation.

With the turning of every page, the story comes to life with the text and photos of guinea pigs dressed in either Victorian-era clothing or as the spectres who appear. It’s adorable seeing Beverlie-Anne in her nightcap playing Scrooge and Super Hans in a top hat as Scrooge’s nephew, Fred. They are but two of the thirteen animals credited at the back for the photoshoot.

Like the stars of the book, A Guinea Pig Christmas Carol is a pint-sized bundle of holiday joy. The photos are colourful and fun, with each one utilizing a full background set and costume for the cute critters. The hardcover book is printed on glossy paper and is sure to bring the Christmas joy early. It’s an ideal stocking-stuffer for the silly season ahead.

Reviewed by Rod Lewis
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Rating out of 10:  9

Distributed by: Bloomsbury Australia
Released: October 2018
RRP: $19.99

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