My Humongous Hamster

My Humongous Hamster

by Lorna Freytag
     
 

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Whether taking a spin on the Ferris wheel, stopping a burglary in progress, napping at the foot of a mountain, or gazing longingly off into a sunset, Humongous Hamster is a hero every kid will adore. He eats trees like broccoli, gives kids a ride to the park, and scares the neighbor's cat. He is so silly that he's completely irresistible. In the end, though, he

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Whether taking a spin on the Ferris wheel, stopping a burglary in progress, napping at the foot of a mountain, or gazing longingly off into a sunset, Humongous Hamster is a hero every kid will adore. He eats trees like broccoli, gives kids a ride to the park, and scares the neighbor's cat. He is so silly that he's completely irresistible. In the end, though, he misses his human friend. So he will return to normal hamster size . . . until the next time he's humongously hungry!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
12/09/2013
Scottish author/illustrator Freytag spins her dreamlike photo compositions into a clever what-if fantasy starring a dinosaur-size hamster. The unseen narrator imagines that his or her very hungry (and largely inactive) pet might “eat his whole bowl of food in one huge gulp” and become “humongous!” In the pages that follow, the chubby-cheeked rodent appears in a series of absurd scenarios that highlight the advantages and drawbacks of the hamster’s new supersize form. “He could give me and my friends a ride to the park,” says the narrator as the golden-furred hamster fills an entire spread, with 11 tiny, photographic children superimposed onto its back. Freytag’s images run the gamut from comical—at a fairground, the hamster uses the Ferris wheel as an exercise wheel, and on the opposing page he “eat trees like broccoli”—to downright creepy. “I think I’d find him scary myself, especially if he got angry,” confesses the narrator as Freytag offers a menacing close-up of the hamster’s gleaming eyes, eyes that suggest that the hamster may still be hungry enough to eat a reader or two. Ages 4–8. (Feb.)
From the Publisher

“A kid-pleasing concept.” —BCCB

“...a clever what-if fantasy starring a dinosaur-size hamster.” —Publishers Weekly

“A story with a big, irresistible pet.” —Kirkus Reviews

Children's Literature - Marge McGugan
Imagine that your favorite tiny hamster eats so much that he grows bigger and bigger until he no longer fits into your house. Then, imagine all the fun you would have with his bigness. He would be a super hero, a best friend, and a protector. But life as a large hamster is not always great. What are the challenges for a large hamster? Can you still play with him? Will he scare others? What if he gets angry with you? Ms. Freytag addresses this topic in a clever way using digitally enhance photographs and computer generated artwork. Her story is written in basic language for the young reader, using familiar situations. But the fun is in the photos. Ms. Freytag creates a visual representation that makes her story larger than life. Young readers will find this story easy and fun to read. Adults will enjoy getting involved in the story with their children. This book is full of the opportunity for “what if” imaginative discussion after reading. Reviewer: Marge McGugan; Ages 4 to 8.
Kirkus Reviews
2013-12-18
What happens when a hamster eats his whole bowl of food in one gulp? "If he does that," muses the narrator, "he will get BIGGER and BIGGER. / Then he will be… / … HUMONGOUS!" Through the magic of photo collage, the narrator's cute, tiny hamster is now as tall as the ceiling. He moves outdoors, where he grows more. Readers see the Godzilla-sized hamster "eat trees like broccoli" and rest his furry paws atop a skyscraper. With a ladder leaning on his hindquarters, a group of children have scrambled up for a ride. "He could give me and my friends a ride to the park." Or, the narrator continues, the hamster might become a superhero—and the hamster grabs a robber by the leg with a police car waiting nearby. With accompanying illustrations, the narrator realizes that a creature so big would be scary to the family's cat. Next, in a close-up, the hamster is looking straight out with dark, menacing eyes: "In fact, I think I'd find him scary myself, especially if he got ANGRY." Unfortunately, the story provides no comforting resolution, going on sans segue to show where the hamster might sleep outdoors. One little flaw in a story with a big, irresistible pet. (Picture book. 3-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805099188
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
02/11/2014
Series:
My Humongous Hamster Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Meet the Author

Lorna Freytag has worked as a photographer in New York, Dubai, London, and Sydney. She uses her many scribbled sketchbooks, digital camera, and post-production techniques to bring her ideas to life.

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