Happy Birthday Hamster

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Hamster and Dog are back to celebrate Hamster's birthday!

Pink cake, blue cake, chocolate through-and-through cake.
Short cake, tall cake, cannot-eat-it-all cake.

Newbery Honor author Cynthia Lord and NEW YORK TIMES bestselling illustrator Derek Anderson return with a tale chock-full of fun rhymes and hilarious ...

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Hamster and Dog are back to celebrate Hamster's birthday!

Pink cake, blue cake, chocolate through-and-through cake.
Short cake, tall cake, cannot-eat-it-all cake.

Newbery Honor author Cynthia Lord and NEW YORK TIMES bestselling illustrator Derek Anderson return with a tale chock-full of fun rhymes and hilarious artwork about Hamster's favorite day: his birthday! But is it possible that Dog and his friends have forgotten all about it? Not a chance. Join them as they plan the best surprise birthday party ever!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
It's Hamster's birthday, but his best friend Dog seems to have forgotten. Hamster accompanies him on errands, including stopping at a bakery, as well as toy and party stores. At each stop, the hefty bulldog pretends to shop for himself, but is actually in cahoots with three mice keeping tabs on what Hamster wants. Lord uses a rhyme scheme similar to that in Hot Rod Hamster to describe the items in each store: "Spin toys, glow toys, wind it up and go toys./ Soft toys, hard toys, ride it through the yard toys. Which would you choose?" Just as Hamster becomes despondent, his friends greet him with a lively celebration. Those who miss the clues the first time, should enjoy being privy to them upon rereading. Ages 2–6. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Janice DeLong
Hamster's friends develop a plan to give him a surprise birthday party. Bull Dog will distract Hamster while his mice and dog friends prepare the festivities. Hamster is so excited because the day is his special one, but Bull Dog pretends not to remember and invites Hamster to go along on a shopping trip to the bakery, toy store, and party store. All the while, Hamster is picking out what he would like and the friends trail along behind getting exactly what is desired. However, Hamster is completely unaware of the real happenings. In the end, the furry little creature gets everything he wants and his friends are successful with their surprise. Young readers will enjoy knowing what Hamster does not as well as answering the question "Which would you choose?" Full page illustrations wash every sheet with bright, party colors matching the mood of the text perfectly. Rhyming sentences set the tone for easy reading or a lesson on sounds. Highly recommended for libraries and classrooms, this volume encourages friendship with diverse populations and showing thoughtfulness to others. This title is a sequel to Hot Rod Hamster. Reviewer: Janice DeLong
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—The small creature featured in Hot Rod Hamster (Scholastic, 2010) is back, and it's his birthday. He hopes for a new riding toy but what he really wants is simply for his friends to remember his special day. Tagging along with Dog on his errands, Hamster begins to lose hope. But in the background, readers see all of his friends rallying around the birthday effort as the text chants: "Games, check. Hats, check. Piñata and some bats, check. Plates, check. Spoons, check. Streamers and balloons, check. Which would you choose?" Loud, exaggerated acrylics burst off the pages, and the plump, cuddly characters look like stuffed animals come to life. Children will enjoy the opportunity to participate and make choices throughout the book leading up to Hamster's surprise party.—Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545255226
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2011
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 224,584
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Cynthia Lord is the award-winning author of RULES, a Newbery Honor book (among its many distinctions), as well as the critically acclaimed TOUCH BLUE, released August, 2010. She made her picture book debut with HOT ROD HAMSTER. She lives in Maine with her family. Visit her at cynthialord.com.

Derek Anderson is the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling illustrator of the Little Quack series by Lauren Thompson as well as HOT ROD HAMSTER by Cynthia Lord. His upcoming original picture book STORY COUNTY: HERE WE COME! publishes in January 2011. He writes and paints in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Visit him at www.DerekAnderson.net.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2011

    Charming, fun, easy read book

    I read this book to a class of 2nd graders. They loved it.

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  • Posted November 14, 2011

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    Highly Recommended

    My Review: The illustrations in this book are vibrant, bold and beautiful with incredible attention to detail. From the dog, toys, cake to Hamster, this has help to bring the story to life. Every child will find this book fun and engaging to read. Great job Derek! FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the illustator/author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

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