Rating: 1-5: 3
What did you like about the book? When the new class pet, a hamster, escapes his cage, sixth grader Sam finds him and does his best to keep him hidden and fed. That gets harder when, thanks to eating some of the gym teacher’s bodybuilding supplements, the hamster morphs into a Tyrannosaurus rex shape and grows sharp teeth and an insatiable appetite for junk food. Much of the plot revolves around a fairly conventional antagonistic relationship between the dumb bully, Beefer, and artsy, self-deprecating Sam. Happily, there are some genuinely funny scenes. Readers will envy the amiable interactions of Hammie Rex and Sam. Short chapters and plentiful line drawings work to draw in reluctant readers.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No.
To whom would you recommend this book? Fans of Wimpy Kid type books that feature plentiful line drawings, a simplistic middle school based story, clueless adults, and slapstick humor.
Who should buy this book? School libraries that serve fourth through sixth grade students and public libraries.
Where would you shelve it? Shelve with general fiction books.
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA
Date of review: 10/29/16