From School Library Journal
PreSchool-When Lola, a cheerful little hamster, tells her friends that her parents sometimes call her "babycake," "sweetie pie," or "fairy princess," they all laugh and tease her. She feels sad until she learns that many adults also had endearing nicknames when they were small. When her best friend apologizes and reveals that her parents have now adopted the very same pet names for her, Lola feels resentful at first. After a while, however, she decides that "Silly little nicknames [are] for everyone, after all!" Whimsical drawings capture Lola's feelings and mood swings, and depict a world of cuddly humanlike hamsters. A slight, sweet story.Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY
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Small both in format and length of text, this little book is adorable. Lola the hamster has had a fine first day of school--until Lulu and others ask if she has a nickname. When Lola reports it's babycake, fairy princess, or sweetie pie, the snickers begin, and Lola's day is ruined. But the next day, Lulu admits the reason she started the laughs was because she was jealous. There's another tussle over nicknames, when Lulu decides to appropriate Lola's monikers, but in the end, friendship ensues. Originally published in France, this is delightful in its almost idiomatic expression and delicate in its line work. The colored-pencil drawings, with puffs of soft beige tones in the background, feature little hamsters that are not completely humanized but have enough human characteristics to be full of fun and good cheer. Ilene Cooper