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Time Traveling with a Hamster

timetravelwithahamsterTitle: Time Traveling with a Hamster
Author: Ross Welford
Series: N/A
Recommended for: 4th-7th grade
Pages: 426
Call Number/Link:  J FICTION WELFORD 
Synopsis: Twelve-year-old Al Chaudhury discovers his late dad’s time machine and travels back to 1984 with his pet hamster to prevent the go-kart accident that killed his father.

This was an ok story.  My son and I expected more action.  His dad has been dead a few years now, his mum has remarried and they have moved to a new house. On Al’s 12th birthday his Mum  gives him a  letter from his dad.  Al’s dad has tasked him with going back in time to stop the go-kart accident that is the cause of his early death.  That sounds great and all, but there is a lot of talking about feelings and what should he do.  Even when there was action, there is still a lot of just trying to decide what to do.  Most of the book is Al deciding what he should do.  He ends up messing up the past and then having to try to fix it.  I also thought the hamster would be more than a thought, since it was mentioned it in the title.  My son didn’t finish the book because he lost interest in the book, to much time dwelling on what to do.

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Posted by on January 23, 2017 in Adventure, Juv, Sci-Fi

 

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The Great Pet Escape

great pet escapeTitle: The Great Pet Escape
Author: Victoria Jamieson
Series: Pets on the Loose
Recommended for: 2nd – 4th Grade
Pages: 63 pages
Call Number/Link:  GN J JAMIESON, V.

Synopsis: The class pets at Daisy P. Flugelhorn Elementary School want OUT . . . and GW (short for George Washington), the deceptively cute hamster in the second-grade classroom, is just the guy to lead the way. But when he finally escapes and goes to find his former partners in crime, Barry and Biter, he finds that they actually LIKE being class pets. Impossible!

Just as GW gets Barry and Biter to agree to leave with him, a mouse named Harriet and her many mouse minions get in their way. What follows is class-pet chaos guaranteed to make readers giggle . . . and maybe look at their class pets a little differently in the future.

This is a beginning graphic novel that kids will like.  It has adventure, and humor, though some of the humor the kids will not get.  It is a fast paced, colorful graphic novel with mischief, friendship and even sharing feelings.  I recommend for 2nd grade and up because I just don’t know if most 1st graders will get the humor in the story.

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2016 in Graphic Novels, Juv

 

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