Happy Birthday, Hamster

Cynthia Lord, illus. by Derek Anderson. Scholastic Press, $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-545-25522-6
It's Hamster's birthday, but his best friend Dog seems to have forgotten. Hamster accompanies him on errands, including stopping at a bakery, as well as toy and party stores. At each stop, the hefty bulldog pretends to shop for himself, but is actually in cahoots with three mice keeping tabs on what Hamster wants. Lord uses a rhyme scheme similar to that in Hot Rod Hamster to describe the items in each store: "Spin toys, glow toys, wind it up and go toys./ Soft toys, hard toys, ride it through the yard toys. Which would you choose?" Just as Hamster becomes despondent, his friends greet him with a lively celebration. Those who miss the clues the first time, should enjoy being privy to them upon rereading. Ages 2–6. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 06/27/2011
Release date: 08/01/2011
Genre: Children's
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