Grampa Bender couldn’t run the Bed and Biscuit animal boardinghouse without the help of Ernest the mini-pig, Gabby the Vietnamese mynah bird, and his young cat, Milly. These three animals think of themselves as Grampa’s family, and they have always assumed he felt the same way. But when Grampa brings home a mysterious bundle and stops paying attention to his faithful friends, they start to worry. Will an earnest, loyal pig be able to soothe Milly’s injured feelings, calm Gabby’s ruffled feathers, and bring the family back together?
“Ernest the pig is particularly fetching.” (EW.com)
“Kids just past the easy-reader stage will enjoy this. Each animal has a distinct, fully rounded personality, and the story is nicely paced with a certain amount of mystery.” (Booklist)
"Worth a place in most collections. . . . Kids will welcome sequels.” (Kirkus Reviews)
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