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.
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