Obi, Gerbil on the Loose
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Obi the Gerbil is home alone!
Obi?s owner is on vacation, and the neighbor feeding the pets has forgotten all about the gerbil tucked away in her cage. Obi loves her cozy home, but without food and water she must escape to survive. So, taking on the courage of her namesake (Star Wars Jedi knight Obi-Wan), she breaks out and meets her fellow pets?cats up to no good, a maniacal tarantula, an insecure snake, a grumpy mouse, and a crotchety dog. Obi finds danger, but also makes new friends as she embarks on her great adventure. This hilarious novel about perseverance and pluck is enhanced with funny cartoon illustrations.
slightest hint that it was about to attack. To Obi’s relief, the snake did not lunge forward. He frowned and said, “Never heard of a gerbil before. Boy, you sure look like a mouse! Anybody ever tell you how much you look like a mouse?” “No,” said Obi, which was the truth. “Gosh, the resemblance is uncanny,” said the snake, shaking his head in amazement. “Well, Boa,” said Obi, “I really should get going. It was nice to meet you!” And so saying, Obi spun about and began to hurry toward the
rather gleeful, rubbed his front paws together and let out a fiendish chuckle. “It drives them nuts! They don’t know if I exist or not! That’s why Mr. Armstrong put out that death trap. He’s hoping to catch me. But he never will. I’m much too smart for him.” Obi did not like the direction the conversation had taken. She decided it was time to change the subject. “Well, this has been a delicious meal,” she said. “I can’t tell you how hungr—” The old mouse suddenly held up his paw. “Shh! Listen!”
his baggy shorts, grubby sandals, and an oversize T-shirt. And goodness knows, his hair was as frizzy and wild as ever. And, of course, he was wearing his earpho— Wait! That was it! That was what was different about Tad. His earphones! Tad usually had little white earphones plugged into his ears. Today, though, he was listening to music through different earphones. These earphones were saucer-shaped and larger—much larger. Indeed, they covered his entire ears. What’s more, the wire that was
I’m the only one who ever plays with the gerbil!” said Sugar Smacks. “She’s mine!” “No, mine!” declared Honey Buns, and hissed at Sugar Smacks. Sugar Smacks hissed right back at Honey Buns. Sweetie Smoochkins, meanwhile, made a move toward Obi. Honey Buns, seeing this, hissed and stepped in front of the other cat. Sweetie Smoochkins hissed right back and took a swipe at Honey Buns’s face with her paw. Just as Obi had hoped, a fight broke out. A huge, ugly, loud fight, with lots of hissing. Obi
Big trip!” This only made Mack more upset. “Trip! Trip!” he moaned, echoing Mr. Smithers. “Big trip! Big trip! Oh, I hate when the Armstrongs go on a big trip! Hate it! Hate it! Hate it! They haven’t gone on a big trip in years! Why do they have to go on one now?” “Big trip! Big trip!” shouted Mr. Smithers. Mr. Smithers was really getting on Obi’s nerves. If he said “Big trip! Big trip!” one more ti— “Erp! Big trip! Big trip!” Obi lost her temper. Whirling about, she snapped at the