The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie (Hardcover)

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The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie (Hardcover)


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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.

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From two-time Caldecott winner Chris Van Allsburg, creator of Jumanji and The Polar Express, comes a poignant story of one hamster’s struggle with destiny. Being a pet store hamster isn’t much fun for Sweetie Pie, but life in human homes proves downright perilous. As Sweetie Pie longingly gazes out of his cage at the squirrels frolicking in the trees, he wonders if he’ll ever have the chance to feel the wind in his fur. Allsburg’s expressive, soft-hued illustrations artfully capture a hamster’s-eye view of the wide and wonderful world where maybe, just maybe, Sweetie Pie could someday run free.

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 

Product Details ISBN: 9780547315829
ISBN-10: 0547315821
Publisher: Clarion Books
Publication Date: November 4th, 2014
Pages: 32
Language: English