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  • Published: 15 February 2018
  • ISBN: 9781783442928
  • Imprint: Andersen
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $23.00

The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie




A heroic hamster tries to find a home in this touching and funny new offering from two-time Caldecott Medal winner and author of the worldwide bestsellers The Polar Express and Jumanji.

Sweetie Pie the hamster is so excited to leave the pet shop with his new owner. In the great outdoors he feels the wind in his fur and experiences its wonderful sights and smells for the very first time. But soon he is stuck back inside, living a cage-bound life controlled by the whims of his awful owners. As Sweetie Pie looks longingly out of his cage at the squirrels frolicking in the trees, he wonders if he will ever get the chance to answer the call of the wild…

Inspired by his daughters’ two pet hamsters, Chris Van Allsburg tells the heart-warming story of a little animal, trying to find his place in the big wide world.

  • Pub date: 15 February 2018
  • ISBN: 9781783442928
  • Imprint: Andersen
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $23.00

About the Author

Chris Van Allsburg

Chris van Allsburg lives in Providence, Rhode Island and lectures at the Rhode Island School of Design. He is a sculptor and artist, and twice winner of the Caldecott Medal, first for Jumanji, and then for The Polar Express. He has also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Illustrators in October 2009.

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Praise for The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie

“Entertaining story about a world-weary hamster”

Marilyn Brocklehurst, Bookseller

“Story is clear, fast-moving and progresses with each page turn. A 'must' for pet lovers.”

INIS

“Stunningly clever illustrations reveal the world from a hamster's perspective.”

EYE

“Touching and funny new offering.”

Birmingham Mail

“Wonderfully expressive watercolours”

Books for Keeps

“Gently humorous tale... offers much to reflect on and a satisfyingly happy ending.”

The School Librarian

“Gently humorous tale... offers much to reflect on and a satisfyingly happy ending.”

The School Librarian


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