Einstein the Class Hamster

Einstein the Class Hamster

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by Janet Tashjian, Jake Tashjian
     
 

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Einstein the class hamster is from a long line of class hamsters. He knows lots of cool facts about science, art, and history—maybe even more than their sleepy teacher, Ms. Moreno. The class has a chance to compete in a trivia game show contest. But how can they get ready for the contest if Ms. Moreno keeps taking naps instead of teaching? More important, how

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Einstein the class hamster is from a long line of class hamsters. He knows lots of cool facts about science, art, and history—maybe even more than their sleepy teacher, Ms. Moreno. The class has a chance to compete in a trivia game show contest. But how can they get ready for the contest if Ms. Moreno keeps taking naps instead of teaching? More important, how can Einstein help the class prepare for the contest when the only kid who can hear him is Ned?

Janet and Jake Tashjian team up again in this hilarious new series starring the lovable walking encyclopedia, game show–obsessed Einstein.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The mother-son team behind My Life as a Book and its sequels returns with a funny if occasionally exhausting story for a younger crowd, starring a high-energy classroom hamster with aspirations that extend beyond his glass tank. Einstein has cast himself as the host of his own game show, Answer... That... Question, but getting contestants is difficult: only one student, a lonely boy named Ned, can hear and understand Einstein. When a real game show for kids comes to town, Einstein is determined to help Ned win. Jake Tashjian’s manic, kid-scrawled spot illustrations have an energy that matches Einstein’s, and there’s an abundance of humor (generally goofy or gross-out) in both his artwork and in Janet Tashjian’s writing. At one point when Einstein is feeling down, the school python, Twinkles, suggests a hug (“Just a little squeeze,” he says slyly. “You’ll feel so much better”). The story also packs in trivia, mainly through interludes labeled “Einstein’s Tasty Tidbits,” which cover everything from ambergris to endorphins and carnivorous plants. Ages 7–10. Agent: Brandt & Hochman Literary Agency. (Aug.)
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Praise for My Life as a Book:

* “Give this to kids who think they don’t like reading. It might change their minds.” —Booklist, starred review

* “A kinder, gentler Wimpy Kid with all the fun and more plot.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Sure to engage fans of Jeff Kinney’s ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ books as well as those looking for a spunky, contemporary boy with a mystery to solve.” —School Library Journal

Praise for My Life as a Stuntboy:

“Another fun, emotionally resonant read for the Wimpy Kid set and beyond.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A fast-moving plot and relatable protagonist make this stand-alone sequel a good choice for boys who, like Derek, would rather reach for a TV remote or game controller than a book.” —School Library Journal

“Fans of the first will be utterly delighted by this sequel and anxious to see what [Derek] will turn up as next.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“This is a great package for kids, especially those like Derek who don’t think they like to read.” —Booklist

Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
Einstein the class hamster (drawn to look very much like a human-featured potato) entertains himself during class time at Boerring Elementary by hosting an imaginary quiz show, “Answer That Question.” So when Ms. Moreno’s class gets a chance to compete in a real-life quiz show, Einstein is eager to help the kids prepare for their show audition. But only one kid in the class—lonely, sensitive Ned—can communicate with Einstein. And are the other kids really ready to be coached by a hamster? The story strains credulity even for a story about a would-be-game-show-host hamster: could Einstein really impart all his accumulated “tasty tidbits” of trivia to Ned in one intensive weekend of tutoring? And could Ned really share all of Einstein’s knowledge to his classmates in a mere hour or two while Ms. Moreno is (as usual) asleep at her desk? A subplot involving the principal’s pet python, which swallows the classroom turtle, distracts from the already convoluted main story. Chapters of story action alternate with presentation of some of Einstein’s “tasty tidbits,” such as: “What is the deadliest animal on the planet?” “Answer: the mosquito.” The story does make the enterprise of accumulating odd facts appealing; it is impressive when all of Einstein’s quirky pieces of knowledge are assembled in a list at the end of the book. The book ends with comic “outtakes” (“Did you just poop on me?”) that should appeal to many young readers. Reviewer: Claudia Mills, Ph.D.; Ages 7 to 10.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805096101
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
08/27/2013
Series:
Einstein the Class Hamster Series, #1
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
492,222
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.18(h) x 0.62(d)
Lexile:
750L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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Meet the Author

Janet Tashjian is the author of many popular novels including My Life as a Book, My Life as a Stuntboy, My Life as a Cartoonist, Larry and the Meaning of Life, Vote for Larry, The Gospel According to Larry, Fault Line, Multiple Choice, and Tru Confessions. She lives with her family in Los Angeles, California.

Jake Tashjian is the illustrator of the books in the My Life . . . series. He is eighteen years old.

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