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Hamster Magic
Contributor(s): Jonell, Lynne, Dorman, Brandon (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0375866167     ISBN-13: 9780375866166
Publisher: Random House Childrens Books
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: January 2012

Annotation: When the Willows move into a new house, Celia, the youngest of four children, traps an enchanted hamster, who reluctantly agrees to grant the children one wish in exchange for his freedom.

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Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Hamsters; Fiction.
Magic; Fiction.
Moving, Household; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Readers
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Mice, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, Etc.
- Juvenile Fiction | Family | Siblings
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2009049076
Lexile Measure: 620
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 3-4, Age 8-9
Series: Stepping Stone Book
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 7.75" H x 5.50" W x 0.25" (0.20 lbs) 102 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 139480
Reading Level: 3.9   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 2.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q50796
Reading Level: 3.5   Interest Level: Grades 3-5   Point Value: 5.0
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Contributor Bio(s): LYNNE JONELL is the author of the popular book Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat, a Booklist Editor's Choice and one of School Library Journal's Best Books of the Year, as well as The Secret of Zoom and seven picture books. Although she doesn't really care for rats, hamsters, or any kind of rodent at all, she still keeps writing about them. Don't ask why. She doesn't understand it herself. Visit her Web site at lynnejonell.com.

BRANDON DORMAN has created hundreds of illustrations for books and magazines, including the cover art for the Newbery Honor Book Savvy.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Spring)
Wishes are not to be taken lightly, especially when they're granted by a hamster. Tired of being the youngest child, Celia wishes to be big. Humorous problems arise for Celia's siblings as they try to hide their sister-turned-giant-hamster from their parents. Dorman's drawings of Celia as she discovers her new hamster abilities will tickle young readers. Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2011 January)

Gr 2–4—The Willow family has just moved into a rickety old house, and Abner, Tate, Derek, and Celia have made an incredible discovery: their pet hamster has the ability to grant wishes. Celia, frustrated with her status as the youngest, accidentally blurts out her wish—to be bigger. While she is envisioning being a bigger person, Hammy the Third actually turns her into a huge hamster. Now the children must figure out how to reverse this wayward wish before their parents find out—and they must do it before the sun comes up. Written for readers who are just beginning to tackle chapter books, this title may find an audience with those who fancy hamsters or who have them as pets. Other readers may find little else to draw them into the story. Besides the somewhat ridiculous premise, another flaw is that the origin of "hamster magic" is barely explained—supposedly burrowing animals will accrue it the more time they spend underground. When Hammy the Third doesn't have enough magic on his own to reverse Celia's wish, all the burrowing animals band together to transform her back into a little girl. It's this deus-ex-machina approach to conflict resolution that makes the story hard to swallow. Black-and-white cartoon illustrations add some charm and help readers to visualize the characters, but they don't save this title from being a marginal purchase, at best.—Amy Holland, Irondequoit Public Library, NY

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