From School Library Journal
Gr 4 Up–This disjointed tale about a self-centered hamster falls flat in translation. A series of short vignettes features the musings of Hamster, Rabbit, Mole, Snail, and Hedgehog. At the book's start, Hamster announces his forthcoming birthday celebration to Mole and Hedgehog, adding, "All of you, my dear friends, will have the honor of attending." After page upon page of various animals' wearisome ramblings and philosophizing, the book finally, thankfully, grinds to a halt at the conclusion of the party. Most pages have a title and a short comic-strip layout that are loosely connected in the semblance of a story. Each page is filled with one, two, or more framed illustrations, with text presented as the animals' speech or thought bubbles. This baffling book lacks cohesion, and the tedious and confusing soliloquies/dialogues lack child appeal.Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI
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"[Daydreams of a Solitary Hamster] manages to get to the true essence of existence, even the existence of a solitary (slightly self-important) hamster. What can be more important than sharing laughter, music, and good times with friends? Kids of all ages will love Daydreams if a Solitary Hamster, if they can get it away from their parents long enough to read it themselves." - The Midwest Book Review