A place to call home

Alexis Deacon

Book - 2011

Seven hamster brothers, having outgrown their hole, begin an adventure-filled quest that takes them across seas and deserts, up a mountain, and through a labyrinth as they seek a new home.

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Genres
Picture books
Published
Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press 2011.
Edition
1st U.S. ed
Language
English
Physical Description
unpaged : ill
ISBN
9780763653606
0763653608
Main Author
Alexis Deacon (-)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

What's not to love about a crew of hamsterlike creatures bumbling across a junkyard in ridiculous headgear? With rubber gloves, a faucet, and a paper towel tube shoved on their heads for protection ("NOW we're safe!" one says), they embark on a search for a new home. They cross an ocean (readers can see it's a puddle), a "desert," and make their way to the edge of the world—the top of an old dryer. In scenes bursting with physical comedy, Schwarz's (There Are No Cats in This Book) furry animals squabble, fret, and cheer each other on; in sequential panels, their running commentary appears in word balloons above their heads. When the junkyard dog grabs one of them, they balk ("We'll never get him back!" "There's nothing we can do!"), but taking courage from all they've done so far, they tackle the dog and rescue their sibling. While the creatures may trip over themselves, blundering through their tiny lives not knowing quite where they are headed, Deacon (While You Are Sleeping) and Schwarz never put a foot wrong. Children will clamor for repeats. Ages 3–up. (July) [Page ]. Copyright 2010 PWxyz LLC

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 1—Seven growing hamster siblings find themselves crowded right out of their home, which is a hole in a piece of furniture in a junkyard. Before beginning their search for larger digs, the magnificent seven don pieces of detritus on their heads, including a pair of rubber gloves, a cup, a cardboard tube, and one useless boot, which make them feel safer as the darkness reminds them of home. Only one of the crew can see where they're going and provides information on what he observes, though his take on things is often humorously inaccurate. To the pudgy explorers, a puddle becomes the sea and must be crossed, an old discarded desk is a mountain that has to be scaled, and a pile of sand becomes the desert. Hand-lettered speech bubbles and bordered ink and watercolor illustrations resembling comic-strip panels are entertaining and amusing. How the brave siblings outsmart the "beast" carting off their brother—who just happens to be hiding in the dog's water dish—and find a new home makes for a funny and spirited finale. Children will get a kick out of this one. Share it with Ed Young's Seven Blind Mice (Philomel, 1992) for a storytime about making assumptions from parts of the whole.—Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI [Page 116]. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Seven hamster brothers, having outgrown their hole, begin an adventure-filled quest that takes them across seas and deserts, up a mountain, and through a labyrinth as they seek a new home.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Seven hamster brothers, having outgrown their hole, begin an adventure-filled quest that takes them across the sea and a desert, up a mountain, and through a labyrinth as they seek a new home.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Seven little junkyard critters venture out of their small, dark hole on a charmingly madcap quest for a new home, with laugh-out-loud results.When a band of brothers outgrows the dim confines of their birthplace, there is no other choice but to set out into the world on a grand adventure. Timid and terrified at first, they soon find ingenious ways to simulate the safety of their familiar hole. They bravely cross a muddy sea, climb a discarded mountain, survive an appliance-like labyrinth, and finally reach the edge of the world. What will they see there, and will they ever find a place they can call their own? Loaded with visual humor and breathless commentary by the intrepid crew, this comic book-style tale of solidarity and daring will have readers giggling, cheering, and ready to see the world in a new way.