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Children's Fiction Mice, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, Etc.

Peggy's Impossible Tale

by (author) Roy Miki & Slavia Miki

illustrated by Mariko Ando

Tradewind Books
Initial publish date
Oct 2021
Mice, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, etc., General, Chapter Books
Recommended Age
6 to 8
Recommended Grade
1 to 3
Recommended Reading age
6 to 8
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2021
    List Price

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Peggy’s Impossible Tale is told in the voice of a remarkable guinea pig. Full of action and surprises, it is guaranteed to captivate the attention of beginning readers. Peggy learns how to communicate with the loving family that adopted her, and she goes on to win a much-coveted prize for her accomplishments.

About the authors

Roy Miki
Roy Miki is a writer, poet, and critic who has taught and written about the work of bpNichol for many years. He was the editor of Pacific Windows: Collected Poems of Roy K. Kiyooka which won the 1997 Poetry Award from the Association of Asian American Studies. His major bibliographic study, A Record of Writing: An Annotated and Illustrated Bibliography of George Bowering, won the Gabriel Roy award from the Association for Canadian and Quebec Literatures as the best book on Canadian Literature for 1991. Miki is also the editor of This Is My Own: Letters to Wes and Other Writings on Japanese Canadians (1985); Tracing the Paths: Reading‚ Writing The Martyrology (1988); co-editor with Cassandra Kobayashi of Justice in Our Time: The Japanese Canadian Redress Settlement, and Meanwhile: The Critical Writings of bpNichol.

Cassandra Kobayashi
Cassandra Kobayashi helped shape the grass-roots community movement in Vancouver to seek redress for the forced removal, internment, and abrogation of the rights of Canadians of Japanese ancestry. She served on the national Redress Committee that negotiated the historic 1988 settlement with the Government of Canada. The struggle for redress is documented in her book, Justice in Our Time: The Japanese Canadian Redress Settlement, co-authored with Roy Miki.

Roy Miki's profile page

Slavia Miki co-wrote Dolphin SOS with her husband, Roy. She had a career in primary education in Vancouver schools before putting her hand to writing. She lives in Vancouver.


Slavia Miki's profile page

Mariko Ando's profile page


  • Winner, Chocolate Lily Book Award

Editorial Reviews

“Young readers (and the adults who read with them) will definitely enjoy this joyful look at the life of the determined young guinea pig named Peggy!” 5 stars!

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

★ “Peggy is completely adorable, with white fur and pink eyes, ears, and feet. There’s art on every spread; it combines with the short chapters to make this an especially apt choice for transitioning readers. This simple, endearing story has universal appeal.”

Kirkus, Starred Review

“Full of action and surprises, Peggy's Impossible Tale is guaranteed to captivate the attention of beginning readers ages 6-8.”

Midwest Book Review

“Slavia Miki and Roy Miki's Peggy's Impossible Tale is a fun story about one charming guinea pig. Told in the animal's voice, and featuring colour illustrations by Mariko Ando, it's a book about the remarkable adventures of a remarkable creature.”

“Mariko Ando’s illustrations, and the book as a whole, are sincere, comedic, and evocative.”

“With short chapters and adorable pictures, this story told by Peggy the guinea pig would be great for beginner and reluctant readers. Peggy is no ordinary pet. She can listen and be a best friend, tell the time of day, play hide and seek, walk on a leash, and even climb stairs. A cute and fun book for animal lovers.”

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