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Hamster Magic (A Stepping Stone Book(TM)) Kindle Edition

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Length: 114 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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From School Library Journal

Grade 2–4—The Willow family has just moved into a rickety old house, and Abner, Tate, Derek, and Celia have made an incredible discovery: their pet hamster has the ability to grant wishes. Celia, frustrated with her status as the youngest, accidentally blurts out her wish—to be bigger. While she is envisioning being a bigger person, Hammy the Third actually turns her into a huge hamster. Now the children must figure out how to reverse this wayward wish before their parents find out—and they must do it before the sun comes up. Written for readers who are just beginning to tackle chapter books, this title may find an audience with those who fancy hamsters or who have them as pets. Other readers may find little else to draw them into the story. Besides the somewhat ridiculous premise, another flaw is that the origin of "hamster magic" is barely explained—supposedly burrowing animals will accrue it the more time they spend underground. When Hammy the Third doesn't have enough magic on his own to reverse Celia's wish, all the burrowing animals band together to transform her back into a little girl. It's this deus-ex-machina approach to conflict resolution that makes the story hard to swallow. Black-and-white cartoon illustrations add some charm and help readers to visualize the characters, but they don't save this title from being a marginal purchase, at best.—Amy Holland, Irondequoit Public Library, NY
(c) Copyright 2011.  Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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A couple of steps up from an easy reader, Jonell’s latest book will appeal to those who prefer their fantasy stories furry and friendly. It follows four siblings over the course of a day and a very long night as they deal with a wish gone wrong. The Willow kids (ages six and up) have just moved from their suburban neighborhood to a house in the country, and they’re having some trouble adjusting. But those troubles seem simple after Celia, the youngest, turns into a giant hamster when she wishes “to be big.” Dorman’s black-and-white illustrations are appealing, and Jonell handles the children’s problem with a light hand, finding humor in how they hide Celia’s appearance and tremendous stores of energy from their parents. After a night of adventure in which the children sneak out to find the Great Hamster and undo the magic, all ends well. And the Willow kids are sure that next time, they will better handle all of the new rural magic around them. Grades 1-3. --Abby Nolan

Product Details

  • File Size: 5592 KB
  • Print Length: 114 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (September 28, 2010)
  • Publication Date: September 28, 2010
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003F3PK7C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #620,327 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Maribeth on December 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a charming story for children venturing forth from early readers to one-step-shy of a middle grade novel. Lovely language, quirky but believable plot, and interesting characters. There's a special talent needed in writing for this age group, and this author shows she has it in her delightful book!
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By charlonconnine on July 2, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
My daughter had it read in less then 2 days. Super cute and held her attenttion. Will be getting the rest of the series soon
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
We used this in a school book club for advanced second grade readers. They loved the story about the big magical hamster.
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By CJB on January 10, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
5 stars because of the fiction mixed with the determination to get there sister back to the way she was
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