Sam just got a hamster for a pet. But the hamster is kind of boring ... he just eats and sleeps and gets his shavings wet. Inspired by her book of mythological creatures, Sam longs for a more exciting pet. But she soon realizes that taking care of these magical beasts might not be as wonderful as she thought. Sasquatches are messy, unicorns are shy, hippogriffs scare the dogs at the dogpark, and having a fire extinguisher handy at all times makes dragons seem like an awful lot of work. In the end, Sam realizes that her hamster is a pretty sweet and safe pet ... or is he?
If I Had a Gryphon is a raucous rhyming read-aloud about fantastical beasts in everyday situationsand the increasingly beleaguered heroine who has to deal with them.
|Product dimensions:||9.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||3 - 7 Years|
About the Author
Vikki VanSickle is the author of the acclaimed Clarissa books, including Words that Start with B, Love Is a Four-Letter Word and Days that End in Y. Vikki's most recent middle grade novel, Summer Days, Starry Nights, has been called "Summer reading at its best" and is a finalist for the 2015 Red Maple Award. After obtaining an MA in Children's Literature from UBC, Vikki's career began in bookselling at The Flying Dragon Bookshop, which earned her the 2011 CBA Young Bookseller of the Year award. She is a popular children's lit blogger and is frequently called upon to speak about kids' books for radio panels, conferences, and as Lainey Gossip's YA mentor! Currently she balances writing with her duties as the Marketing and Publicity Manager for Young Readers at Penguin Canada. The author lives in Toronto, ON.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
"Unicorns are pretty, but they're also very shy. On second thought, I'd like to give a hippogriff a try." This book is about a little girl who dreams of having a pet with strange, exotic powers! I love that it introduces young readers to wonderful mythical creatures in a playful way! The girl contemplates having a: unicorn, hippogriff, Sasquatch, gryphon, kraken, dragon, Kirin, jackalope, Phoenix, manticore, harpies, chupacabras, fairies, kelpies, basilisk, chimera, mermaids and sprites before realizing just how much extra work they would be to take care of. The story is told in a fantastic rhyme that easily flows from one page to the next. It's a great read-a-loud and the illustrations are incredibly cute too.
This is a cute rhyming book featuring beautiful full-page illustrations and a diverse main character. It is guaranteed to keep kids engaged and even has a bonus of teaching them about mythological animals! There is quite a bit of imagination contained between the covers. This unbiased review is based upon a copy won through the Goodreads First Reads program.
Sam has a pet hamster, a boring old hamster. She wants a more exciting pet. She does her research using a book of Mythological beasts, but she soon realizes that taking care of these magical beasts might not be as wonderful as she thought. Everyone of them has a flaw, shy unicorns, hairy sasquatch, scary hippogryff and more. She decides that her hamster is just what she wants, he is hers and she is his. A great message for kids who want a pet as well as an interesting introduction into mythological creatures. A great book for school, classroom and community libraries. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
This is a tale of what it would be like to have magical creatures and the difficulties each one would have when being cared for. This is a great story to introduce mythical creatures to a young one that has that spark for fantasy if they want to learn more. Unfortunately, they might be hard to have as pets and this book will tell why. Reviewed through NetGalley for an honest review.