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Memoirs of a Hamster Hardcover – May 1, 2013


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Product Details

  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press (May 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585368318
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585368310
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 11.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

K-Gr 2-Seymour, a hamster, has the ideal life, according to his day-by-day memoir. He's got a bowl of seeds, a full water bottle, and a cozy bed of wood shavings. And it gets even better when the FuzzyBoy 360 exercise wheel arrives. Now Seymour's day is filled with activity and the delicious yogurt drops brought to him by Little Girl. He couldn't want for anything more, right? Wrong. When a wily cat starts talking about the wonders of the sunroom filled with yogurt drops, the gullible hamster escapes the cage to discover what he's missing. What he discovers is a dog, the cat, and an "enormous monster" called Hoover that is very dangerous to small rodents. Bowers's representational artwork captures the life of a hamster well, and the facial expressions of the animals will delight young readers. There's lots of white space and the text and pictures flow well, allowing readers to absorb the action. This title should hit the mark, especially in classrooms in which hamsters are in residence.-Sharon Grover, Hedberg Public Library, Janesville, WIα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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The team that brought us Memoirs of a Goldfish (2010) reunites for another day-by-day diary of a pet whose life isn’t as boring as it first seems. “This hamster has it going on,” proclaims the cute little rodent after boasting about his bowl of sunflower seeds, his water dispenser, and his FuzzyBoy 360 hamster wheel. All would be perfect if not for the temptation planted by the family cat. “The staircase is made of sunflower seeds,” purrs the villain. “And the sunroom is filled with yogurt drops.” Eager to visit this utopia, the hamster busts out—only to be trapped behind the sofa by the cat and chased by the dreaded “Hoover.” It’s a classic story of the grass is greener, concluding, of course, with the hamster very satisfied to be back in his cage, even if it means suffering through smooches on the nose from the little girl. Scillian’s low-key sense of humor is perfect for our daffy protagonist, while Bowers’ art has a timeless, adorable appeal. Life is hard off the hamster wheel, you know? Grades K-2. --Daniel Kraus

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My six year old daughter and 9 year old son love this story.
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We both had a fun time reading this story at bedtime the other night, and my daughter has even read the book to her hamster!
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The illustrations are absolutely adorable and the story is very well-written.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The hamster, Seymour, starts with night one and how his life is perfect! Until the self serving cat begins whispering that maybe living in a cage is too limiting and Seymour would like to escape? Tim Bowers' perfectly illustrates this fun romp through the life of a hamster. I think everyone under the age of eight would love this book and many over the age of eight would as well. I know I did. I will be reading this to lots of story time kids this summer. This book is a wonderful read aloud and a stellar follow up to Mr. Scillian's book "Memoirs of a goldfish".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nicole on July 15, 2013
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Our Daughter got Memoirs of a Goldfish last year and we loved it! we were uncertain if anything would be able to match it and Memoirs of a Hamster has done it ! Both are now tops on our gift list for friends, family.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 14, 2013
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Seymour Q. Hamster has it all - a nice, roomy cage, plenty of wood shavings, an exercise wheel, and enough food to keep him happy. His owner, a young girl, gives him lots of yucky kisses on the nose, but he puts up with it for the yoghurt balls he gets in return, his absolute favorite treat! Then the nosy cat, Pearl, comes along and plants doubts in his tiny head. She tells him of the yoghurt-ball filled sunroom and the staircase made of sunflowers (another of Seymour's favored treats). Suddenly, Seymour can't wait to get out of his safe habitat and explore the wide world outside.

How this all turns out makes for a fun and entertaining read. My eight-year-old recently got a Djungarian dwarf hamster and absolutely loves her, so this book made for the perfect read. We both had a fun time reading this story at bedtime the other night, and my daughter has even read the book to her hamster! The color illustrations add life to the story, and Seymour looks adorable. His memoirs are definitely worth reading, especially for young hamster lovers who will easily relate to Seymour's precociousness and lovable character.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rachael Hutton on October 6, 2013
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Kids will love this book. Very funny. I have a hamster and he acts like the hamster in the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Beth Budinich on May 6, 2014
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If you love clever little hamsters, this book is for you. It is in the 2015 Wash. Children's Choice Picture Book award nominee list and I think it is going to be a favorite of my students.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Angela M. Carlson on April 29, 2014
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My students were thoroughly engaged and loved the story. They loved predicting what would happen next and they were giggling all through it.
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My niece was gifted this book and I had the opportunity to read it to her. It was just around the same time Rhino entered her life, her teddy bear hamster whom she absolutely adores! The illustrations are absolutely adorable and the story is very well-written. I think I enjoyed it as much as my niece did! Funny, exciting, and heart warming. I will be purchasing this book and gifting to many friends' children in the near future. I'm going to buy Memoirs of a Goldfish now.
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This is for Memoirs of a Hamster- I am a fan of Tim Bowers art, so that was a big draw for me(pun), but when I read it, the story was strong enough to keep me interested!
Its told in a journal-style, with entries and dates and such... but it starts us, the readers, at day one. the hamster has no idea about the world he is in, OR the adventures he has in store for him! I wont spoil it, but it is worth looking at. My wife read it to my son, and he enjoyed it as well.
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