Hamsters Don't Glow in the Dark

Hamsters Don't Glow in the Dark

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by Trina Wiebe, Meredith Johnson
     
 

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Spring break is just around the corner, and Abby has been asked to pet-sit Mr. Nibbles, the class hamster. But will sisterly rivalry take a bite out of the pet-sitting business?
Winner, Parent's Guide to Children's Media Award (2001)

Trina Wiebe lives in Invermere, British Columbia, and is the author of the Abby and Tess Pet-Sitters

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Spring break is just around the corner, and Abby has been asked to pet-sit Mr. Nibbles, the class hamster. But will sisterly rivalry take a bite out of the pet-sitting business?
Winner, Parent's Guide to Children's Media Award (2001)

Trina Wiebe lives in Invermere, British Columbia, and is the author of the Abby and Tess Pet-Sitters series and the Max-a-Million series. Combined, these books have sold over 65,000 copies worldwide and have been translated into five languages.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Abby and her younger sister Tess love animals, but the apartment building they live in has a "No Pets Allowed" rule. Enterprising Abby starts a pet sitting business, with Tess as her assistant, but all their work to date has been done where the animals live. Abby volunteers when her teacher asks for a student to take care of Mr. Nibbles, the class hamster, during spring break. However, this pet sitting job must be done at home since the school will be closed all week. Abby and her sister convince their apartment's superintendent to let them keep the hamster in the building during the vacation. The girls are ecstatic, but Abby notices a big change in Mr. Nibbles' temperament as soon as he is relocated to the bedroom she shares with Tess. The endearing characters and delightful plot will appeal to young readers. The dialogue is believable and the vocabulary is age appropriate. Adorable black and white illustrations are sprinkled throughout the chapters. Readers will learn about hamsters and get insight into sibling relationships as they become immersed in this amusing tale. A big surprise awaits readers of this title, which is one in the publisher's "Abby and Tess Pet-Sitters" series. 2000, Lobster Press, Pettenati
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-When fifth-grade Abby takes her class pet home for spring break, she is disappointed when the hamster begins to act strangely toward her and only lets her younger sister, Tess, get near him. When Abby and a friend put Mr. Nibbles inside a plastic exercise ball and leave the room, the animal disappears. Unable to find him, Abby consoles her sister in their dark bedroom closet, and they see a strange green glow in a pile of dirty clothes on the floor. It turns out to be the hamster in the glow-in-the-dark flea collar that Tess had put on him. The girls are even more surprised to discover that Mr. Nibbles has given birth to eight babies. Abby shows great responsibility in reading her hamster guide to make sure they handle the now Mrs. Nibbles and her offspring properly. She also arranges for Tess to choose one of the babies to be a pet in her own class. This is a satisfying and fast-moving story with quite a bit of factual information about the care and handling of hamsters. All of the characters except the almost nonexistent father are realistically drawn. Soft pencil drawings highlight the action. A good read for pet lovers.-Kate Kohlbeck, Randall School, Waukesha, WI Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781897550083
Publisher:
Lobster Press
Publication date:
04/01/2009
Series:
Abby and Tess Pet-Sitters Series
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
4.80(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
560L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Trina Wiebe received her first typewriter for Christmas when she was eight years old and has been writing stories ever since. She now lives in Invermere, British Columbia, where she spends her time reading and writing, taking walks along the beach with her family and volunteering in her children's classrooms on a regular basis. Trina is also the author of the "Max-a-Million" series.

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Hamsters Don't Glow in the Dark 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
BenAbEmMom More than 1 year ago
My 7 year old daughter loves the Abby and Tess series and can't wait to read them all. She enjoys the crazy pet sitting situations in which the sisters find themselves. A fun read...we just wish it wasn't so hard to find these books!