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Memoirs of a Hamster

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Night 1 / My life is perfect. / I have a bowl full of seeds, a cozy pile of wood shavings, and room to run. / I'm never leaving here. / Question: Who's the luckiest hamster in the world? / Answer: ME! Seymour the hamster has the perfect life. He has a spacious cage, a constant food supply, and a FuzzyBoy 360 exercise wheel that lets him run to his heart's content. Life could not be better. Or could it? When Pearl the cat tells Seymour of the goodies beyond the safe confines of his cage, he starts to think he's ...
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Night 1 / My life is perfect. / I have a bowl full of seeds, a cozy pile of wood shavings, and room to run. / I'm never leaving here. / Question: Who's the luckiest hamster in the world? / Answer: ME! Seymour the hamster has the perfect life. He has a spacious cage, a constant food supply, and a FuzzyBoy 360 exercise wheel that lets him run to his heart's content. Life could not be better. Or could it? When Pearl the cat tells Seymour of the goodies beyond the safe confines of his cage, he starts to think he's missing out. And out is the new in! It's only after Seymour is out of his cage that he begins to fully appreciate his safe and cozy home.
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Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Seymour, the hamster, writes about the first two weeks in his new home. On Night One, everything is perfect. He has a bowl of seeds, cozy wood shavings, and room to run. Things get even better when his new exercise wheel is installed. As the days progress he learns how to use his water bottle and he gets yogurt drop treats from Little Girl. Then on Night Five, Pearl the Cat stops by to create unrest. She tells him that his cage is boring and that he is missing the joys of the sunroom. Pearl continues to stop by with further enticements. She describes a staircase made of seeds and a sunroom filled with yogurt drops. By Night Ten, Seymour has decided to leave his cage and explore. He manages to climb up the outside of his wheel and get out. He discovers that cats are big, fat liars. He ends up hiding under the coach with the cat's paw coming after him. Finally, Pearl falls asleep and Seymour tiptoes out. The Hoover and the cat both come after him. He's a goner for sure. Then Little Girl picks him up and puts him back in his cage. On Night Fourteen, Seymour declares that his life is perfect. The humorous illustrations fill the pages with exciting action, presenting Seymour as a likeable pet and Pearl as a wily enemy. A fun read-aloud choice. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
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, WI
Kirkus Reviews
A scary foray into the wide (indoor) world cures a hamster of any yen for adventure in this variation on the creators' Memoirs of a Goldfish (2010). Seymour the hamster is quite comfy in his pen, thank you--until lured into engineering an ingenious escape by Pearl the cat's teasing promises of a staircase made of sunflower seeds and a sunroom filled with yogurt drops. But Pearl turns out to be a "big, fat liar," and Seymour's adventure turns into a frantic flight not only from her, but also from Buck the dog and, most frightening of all, a roaring monster called a "Hoover." The arrangement of Seymour's chatty exposition into 14 "Nights" is a clear contrivance--he supposedly spends Nights 11, 12 and part of 13 cowering under the sofa before the watchful Pearl falls asleep and he can make a break--but the pacing is suitably breathless. His hamster-ish outlook is effectively conveyed in his narrative and in Bowers' low-angle cartoon views of a chubby-cheeked, bright-eyed pet who, though once susceptible to temptation, clearly enjoys the familiar comforts of wheel and water bottle--to which he is returned following a last-second rescue by his human yogurt-drop supplier, Little Girl. "Question: Who's the luckiest hamster in the world? Answer: ME!" Readers will probably agree. (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585368310
  • Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2013
  • Pages: 1
  • Sales rank: 62,796
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Posted November 10, 2014

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    I loved Memoirs of a Goldfish so I had to read this one. Told w

    I loved Memoirs of a Goldfish so I had to read this one. Told with the same quirky, sarcastic tone this hamster thinks his life is grand living inside his cage with all the essentials. Each day something occurs with Hamster and each day gets a two-page spread in the book with a huge picture and a detail recording of what occurred. When the little girl picks him up and kisses him, he thinks germs but he also gets yogurt drops and they soon become his favorite treat. Pearl the cat comes in and makes up this story about how fantastic the sunroom is with a sunflower seed staircase and yogurt drop flooring and Hamster was practically drooling. Buck the dog loves the sunroom too when Hamster asks him, so Hamster decides he has to see it for himself. “Question: Who’s going to eat every yogurt drop in the sunroom? Answer:ME!” So on Day Ten, Seymour escape plan goes in full swing. By Day Twelve, guess who is making out his will? It’s a funny one and kids will laugh and feel for the little guy. Great illustrations and a book that you and the kids will want to read again and again.

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  • Posted June 13, 2013

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    Life is good for Seymour the hamster. He has a great cage full o

    Life is good for Seymour the hamster. He has a great cage full of fresh, deep shavings, lots of seeds, clean water and, oh, yummy, those wonderful yogurt treats. When his new super-de-duper wheel arrives, well, Seymour is in heaven. As he says, “My life is perfect.” Perfect, that is, until sneaky Pearl the cat tells him a big, fat lie.




    Pearl thinks of Seymour as a tasty snack and all she has to do to enjoy that snack is get the little hamster out of his cage. When she tells him that the sunroom is filled with yogurt drops, the staircase is made of sunflower seeds and there’s plenty of room outside of his cage to run around without a wheel, the trusting hamster decides to escape from his cage. Seymour makes his escape plan, and with a little help from “sweet Pearl,” his freedom is assured. Alas, there are no yogurt drops waiting for him in the sunroom, just a hungry cat.




    Memoirs of a Hamster is one of those rare, wonderful children’s books that gets you laughing on page one and then never stops. Seymour is just so lovable, and the fact that a wheel and yogurt drops are enough to send him into a permanent state of bliss will endear him to everyone. This hamster tale teaches a great lesson on being happy with what you have in a very enjoyable way.




    Quill says: Memoirs of a Hamster is goofy, silly, and a whole lotta fun!

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