Hamster Magic (Hardcover)

By Lynne Jonell, Brandon Dorman (Illustrator)
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Description


Lynne Jonell, the popular author of Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat, makes her Stepping Stones debut with a high-spirited tale of mixed-up magic and wishes gone wrong.

Celia Willow is the baby of the family, and she’s sick of it. She's sick of being younger and smaller. She's sick of never being taken seriously. So when Celia's hamster surprises the Willows with his wish-granting powers, she blurts out her deepest desire.
The problem? Celia didn't exactly wish to be furry.
Her big brothers and sister can't let their parents see her like this, but they only have one night to fix things. How can Abner, Tate, and Derek reverse something as powerful as hamster magic . . . before breakfast?

Hamster Magic is on the Texas Bluebonnet Masterlist for 2012-2013 and was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award.

About the Author


Lynne Jonell has a husband, two sons in college, and a slightly battered sailboat. While she does not particularly care for rodents and hasn t managed to shrink for a good ten years, she still holds out hope for future change. She teaches writing at the Loft Literary Center and lives in a house on a hill in Plymouth, Minnesota.

Brandon Dorman is the illustrator of "Be Glad Your Nose is on Your Face "and "The Wizard", both by Jack Prelutsky; and" The Christmas Sweater "by Glenn Beck. He received a degree in fine arts from Brigham Young University--Idaho and lives in Puyallup, Washington, with his family.

Praise For…


The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, January 2011:
 
"Having just moved into an old house in the country, siblings Abner, Tate, Derek, and Celia Willow find a hamster in the basement, whom they stick in their former hamster’s cage and name Hammy. Hammy is no ordinary hamster: not only can he talk, he can grant wishes. Of course, magic’s always a dangerous thing in the hands of the unaccustomed, and little Celia’s wish to be big goes awry, turning her into a gigantic hamster and leaving Hammy all out of magic. The four kids (three kids and one giant hamster, actually), hoping to de-hamsterize Celia, venture out into the night to meet the Great Hamster. It’s an unusual premise, to be sure, but there is something both appealing and remarkably nostalgic in this furry tale of cooperation among siblings and magical animals interacting with the human world. At the core of the slim novel is the relationship of the four siblings; even the Great Hamster commends them on being such supportive “litter-mates.” Fans of animal fiction will revel in Celia’s nighttime antics, as she is unable to stop herself from acting like a hamster, running like mad, performing acrobatics, and gnawing everything in site. Dorman’s black-and-white illustrations, partnering sturdy lines with soft gray shading, provide abundant imagery for the nocturnal adventures, and his girl-turned-hamster has a remarkably endearing expression. This is a sweet, simple narrative that will appeal to fans of Marion Dane Bauer and those who like their animal tales with a touch of magic." HM

Product Details
ISBN: 9780375866609
ISBN-10: 0375866604
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 28th, 2010
Pages: 102
Language: English