Gr 3-4-Pet books, particularly those about small, engaging mammals, are usually hot items. This colorful title with its large glossy photos, generally two or more per page, and brief, large-print text will appeal to children preparing a wheedling campaign at home and those with a new pet. The text covers the basics, including diet, life expectancy, housing, and physical characteristics. Birth and mating are mentioned delicately-while newborn hamsters are shown nursing, the procreation process is not discussed or pictured. With its terrific photos, this title will be useful if your pet section needs refreshing.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.