A family comes up with a creative solution to rescue their pet hamster in this clever based-on-a-true-story adventure from debut author Allensworth.
Mr. Hamster has a very happy life with his owner, Ricky, and his family: Mom, Dad, older brother Jerry, little sister Mary Rose, Jason the black lab, and Spooky the black cat. Ricky takes very good care of the little guy, but one day, Ricky forgets to shut the cage door. When Mr. Hamster decides to explore, he falls down a heat vent and becomes trapped two stories down. Unable to find the hamster after the whole family searches, Ricky is distraught. Finally, it’s Jason who sniffs out Mr. Hamster’s location and Dad who comes up with a brilliant plan (no spoilers!) to bring the hamster back up. The cartoon illustrations by an unnamed illustrator add extra details to the plot: Ricky’s tears reveal just how upset he is after blaming himself for Mr. Hamster’s disappearance, and the cutaway images of the family around the vent give an excellent sense of scale. The story is told in an accessible vocabulary for young readers, with simple sentences and few challenging words. But it’s not the illustrations or the storytelling style that provide the hook: It’s Ricky’s dad’s clever solution that kids will love.
A fun-loving animal rescue tale to remember.