Thursday, October 20, 2011

Picture Book Thursday: Hot Rod Hamster

HOT ROD HAMSTER
by: Cynthia Lord and Derek Anderson
Published February 1st 2010 by Scholastic Press (first published 2010)

If it wasn't for my son, I probably would never have found HOT ROD HAMSTER. He loves cars, so this book was a natural for him.  Written in rhyme, it also features call out bubbles for when the characters speak with one another. It's very interesting to see how the story flows together. Although it may sound confusing to read, by text placement, it's always easy to see what should be read first.

The character of Hamster definitely makes this book. I can see why a sequel was recently released entitled, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HAMSTER. He's so small and cute, but not afraid of anything. I also loved the rats who helped get the hot rod ready. Their antics in the background are worth a look. And I can't forget the bulldog, who acts as a father-figure to the other animals, keeping everyone safe.

I recommend this book especially for any child who has a love of cars.

EXTRA BONUS!!!
As normal on Wednesday, one of my sons brought home his library books from school.  One of the books he picked out was HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HAMSTER.  So, that means an extra review from me!   The second Hamster book is also by Cynthia Lord and Derek Anderson.  Much of what makes the first book so fun remains present in this sequel.

Published May 1st 2011 by Scholastic Press

This time around it's Hamster's birthday, but he thinks everyone has forgotten.  Little does he know that his best friend, Bulldog has a surprise party planned.  What a great party!

Definitely check out these books, and enjoy the rest of your week!