What would it be like to frolic outside in nature? Sweetie Pie, the hamster, can only wonder. He lives a closed-in solitary life of the pet shop and knows too well the sometimes downright horrors of domestic life. Chris Van Allsburg lends another life lesson subtle, almost real, color and form in his new picture book, the Misadventures of Sweetie Pie.— From Jill's 2016 Picks
About the Author
Chris Van Allsburg is the winner of two Caldecott Medals, for Jumanji and The Polar Express, as well as the recipient of a Caldecott Honor Book for The Garden of Abdul Gasazi. The author and illustrator of numerous picture books for children, he has also been awarded the Regina Medal for lifetime achievement in children’s literature. In 1982, Jumanji was nominated for a National Book Award and in 1996, it was made into a popular feature film. Chris Van Allsburg is a former instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design. Visit him at chrisvanallsburg.com.