Hamstersaurus Rex by Tom O’Donnell, Illustrations by Tim Miller (5 out of 5)
Oh, this was a fun read this afternoon. After a shitty start to the day and then too much time spent wondering why people slander the English language with slang, I needed a pick-me-up. I uncovered this at the bottom of a pile of middle school (Year 8, ages 8-12) advances that Holly gave me and is inquiring about frequently. This fun little quick read is indeed geared toward the 8-12 age range. It’s brought to us by Harper Collins, the ARC courtesy of Ms. Jennifer Sheridan, and the book is out October 4, 2016. Just in time for the holiday shopping season to begin! If your kids dug the Andy Griffiths books or Galactic Hot Dogs, this is comparable. And very funny. 💜
Horace Hotwater Middle School isn’t muxh fun for Sam these days. He spends most of his school days dodging the school bully, the oddly named Beefer Vanderkoff. Until the fateful day a growling hamster appears at the back of the classroom. Enter Hamstersaurus Rex, a name that Sam gifts his newfound buddy with. Hamstersaurus gets into beast mode once he gets his little paws into a bodybuilding powder (Dinoblast Powerpacker) and gobbles it down. Half ferocious dinosaur, half rabid hamster? Oh hell yes, friends, we have a very funny story here. And yes, there is also the message of bullying, but taking the chance I may be offending anyone, the bullying angle has never been more fun than in the pages of this delightful little romp. Keep it in mind for the kiddos for the fall. They’ll love it!