A pet book with a mythological twist! A fun and funny read aloud about the perils of mythological pet ownership, and an ode to the humble hamster.
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, gryphons 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 situations—and the increasingly beleaguered heroine who has to deal with them.
It’s coming, everyone – Vikki VanSickle has written a deliciously fun and magical picture book, to be released in February, 2016! If I Had a Gryphon is the perfect book for that reader who you KNOW will love Harry Potter … but they are just that little bit too young to start the series.The beautiful rhyming story invites read-alouds, and both adults and children will be caught up in the rhythm and cadence of the delightful narrative.
The illustrations are lovely as well – I love the expressions on the poor hamster’s face, and how Sam’s feelings are so clearly displayed as the realities of each pet make themselves known to her. I’m also kind of coveting her hat, to be honest… I’m all about the pom pom.
What are you waiting for? Get thee to your favourite indie bookstore (or online retailer, or Indigo/Chapters or wherever you love to buy books) and preorder this gem!
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If I Had a Gryphon by Vikki VanSickle with illustrations by Cale Atkinson will be released by Tundra Books, a division of Penguin Random House in February, 2016. Please note that illustrations and text are subject to change.