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The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie
by Chris Van Allsburg


Overview - From two-time Caldecott winner Chris Van Allsburg, creator of Jumanji and The Polar Express, comes a poignant story of one hamster s struggle with destiny. Being a pet store hamster isn t much fun for Sweetie Pie, but life in human homes proves downright perilous.  Read more...

 
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Overview
From two-time Caldecott winner Chris Van Allsburg, creator of Jumanji and The Polar Express, comes a poignant story of one hamster s struggle with destiny. Being a pet store hamster isn t much fun for Sweetie Pie, but life in human homes proves downright perilous. As Sweetie Pie longingly gazes out of his cage at the squirrels frolicking in the trees, he wonders if he ll ever have the chance to feel the wind in his fur. Allsburg s expressive, soft-hued illustrations artfully capture a hamster s-eye view of the wide and wonderful world where maybe, just maybe, Sweetie Pie could someday run free."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780547315829
  • ISBN-10: 0547315821
  • Publisher: Harcourt Brace and Company
  • Publish Date: November 2014
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-7


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - New Experience
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Emotions & Feelings
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Animals - Mice, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, etc.

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-09-22
  • Reviewer: Staff

Thinking of getting a hamster? Read this first. Caldecott Medalist Van Allsburg chronicles the bleak existence of Sweetie Pie, neglected by one child after another. The hamster’s first owner prefers screen time and sells Sweetie Pie to a boy with a hostile dog—readers receive a close-up, rodent’s-eye view of the dog’s slavering jaws. Next comes Cousin Sue, a girl with malicious eyes, who forces her pet into a clear plastic ball and rolls him down a hill (“Exhausted, Sweetie Pie waited for the girl to rescue him, but she never came”). Eventually, the hamster does time as a school pet. At the holidays, a boy promises “to take care of him,” only to forget him on a playground as snow begins to fall; Sweetie Pie sinks “into a deep and frigid sleep.” Van Allsburg does not play for laughs or pull his punches: when a teacher suggests that a kind child must have saved the icy hamster, “The children knew better.” Sweetie Pie’s grim and all-too-realistic experience raises ethical dilemmas, and a squirrel-ex-machina conclusion offers a happy ending, but little comfort. Ages 4–8. (Nov.)

 
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