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Gr 1-4-Hamweenie is a cat that daydreams of being adored by children and revered by the world. In his tiny red cape and teeny black top hat, he fantasizes about walking the red carpet as a star and entertaining enraptured audiences. Instead of being worshipped by the masses, he is lovingly cared for by his young girl. She bathes, fans, feeds, and otherwise fusses over her cosseted cat to his (supposed) utter dismay. As she pampers her spoiled pet, he resignedly accepts her ministrations with stalwart acquiescence of his fate in life. Though readers understand that Hamweenie would be lost on his own in the big city in which he lives and, in reality, wouldn't really want to "escape," a cat can dream, can't he? Spare narration in a tongue-in-cheek, matter-of-fact style is accompanied by Edward Goreyesque illustrations done in pen-and-ink and watercolor. This quietly humorous peek into the life of a coddled feline will resonate with those readers who have ever been owned by a cat.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WIα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Those who’ve owned a cat, especially in an apartment, may recognize Hamweenie. Well, the outer Hamweenie. Inside, he is a star. He is a magician performing in front of a vast audience; a celebrity walking the red carpet. But “fate has been cruel to Hamweenie.” He must live with a girl who practically starves him—cut to the top-hatted cat turning away from a table groaning with chicken, cake, pizza, and clams. He stands bravely against the torture that she inflicts (grooming) by knocking things over and throwing up. And though Hamweenie’s attempts to escape are in vain, he waits (curled up with his mistress) with the slightest of smiles on his face. A main character named Hamweenie almost guarantees strange and delightful detail, and Bowman doesn’t disappoint. Each pen, ink, and watercolor scene is a little story in itself. Hamweenie (you just can’t write that name too much) dreams of “being loved the world over” and imagines an intricate Macy’s Hamweenie balloon flying over the real version of himself, as he sits atop a float while crowds cheer. Readers will too. Preschool-Grade 1. --Ilene Cooper
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Series: The Amazing Hamweenie (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel Books; First Edition edition (October 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399256881
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399256882
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 0.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Patty Bowman is originally from near the Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island, and currently resides in Brooklyn. The Amazing Hamweenie is her first book. Her fat, lazy, and extremely ungraceful tabby cat, Bandini, is her primary inspiration.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jesse on November 27, 2012
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Beautifully illustrated, what a great story, our 3 1/2 year old daughter just loves this book- she can't go to bed without it! She asks for Hamweenie every night! Don't think twice, get the book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tiffa @ The Picture Book Review on November 28, 2014
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The Amazing Hamweenie is beautifully illustrated and hilarious! We've been reading this book for about two years now and it is still a favorite here. The written word tells one story, the illustrations tell another, and together they tell the whole story -- which is very funny. As my son gets older, he's starting to understand the humor and how the words and illustrations interact together. There's great vocabulary and The Amazing Hamweenie has instigated many fun and enlightening conversations in our house -- mainly about cats and their quest for fame and fortune.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By anonymous on September 4, 2014
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We received this book as a gift for my daughters first birthday. My daughter is now turning 3 and is still in love with this book, which is in heavy rotation for bedtime story reading. It is a cute story about an adventurous kitty and Patty Bowman is an amazing illustrator. Its nice to have a book that your child can grow with and discover new things in the illustrations. We have given this books to countless friends children as a gift and it has been a winner every time!
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I admit it; I bought the book for a child, but knew that if I liked it enough, the book would remain in my possession indefinitely. And it will. I love the way the whimsical, detailed illustrations match the cat's whimsically ironic, and vivid, imagination. I think I will bring the book with me to read to the kids, and take it home again to enjoy myself. That will make it special, right?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tamara on March 18, 2015
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THIS IS THE BEST KIDS BOOK EVER WRITTEN!
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