Hamstersaurus Rex vs. Squirrel Kong

Tom O'Donnell

Book - 2017

Sam and Hammie Rex discover a terrifying giant squirrel hiding in the woods behind Horace Hotwater Middle School. But nobody else believes Squirrel Kong is real. Then Hammie Rex takes the blame for Squirrel Kong's destructive rampages, and the principal threatens to send him away to home for dangerous, troubled small pets. To save his hamster friend, can Sam prove that Squirrel Kong is the true menace?

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New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers [2017]
Main Author
Tom O'Donnell (author)
Other Authors
Tim Miller, 1972- (illustrator)
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285 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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Review by Booklist Review

Sixth-grade hamster-monitor Sam Gibbs and his affectionate, if predatory, charge really have to step up their game when Horace Hotwater Middle School is twice trashed by a towering megasquirrel wildly addicted, suspiciously enough, to the chemicals that flavor local junk food giant SmilesCorp's Funchos Flavor-Wedges. Worse yet, Hammie's being blamed for the destruction, and Sam has but a week to prove his furry friend's innocence before Hammie's consigned to the Irma Bergstrom Memorial Home for Troubled Small Pets. Following the trail of evidence leads to several startling revelations, notably inside SmilesCorp's secret animal-testing labs, and ultimately to a spectacular climactic clash of (temporarily) titanic rodents. With significant help from Kiefer Beefer Vanderkoff, the bully so thoroughly humiliated in the previous episode (Hamstersaurus Rex, 2016), and his beloved boa constrictor (kitted out with wings and feathers and, wait for it, a feathered boa), O'Donnell mixes a bit of reconciliation into this sequel's offbeat corporate satire. The occasional line drawings add appropriately daft visual notes.--Peters, John Copyright 2017 Booklist

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Review by School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-The story of Sam Gibbs and the mutant classroom pet who acts as his sidekick continues. In this volume, Sam and Hamstersaurus Rex face off against a giant squirrel who appears to have ties to the shady SmilesCorp, which, in turn, seems to be linked to everything from Sam's school (especially one suspiciously cool teacher, Mr. Duderotti) to the Antique Doll Museum to Sam's mom (she works for SmilesCorp, and she's a very nice lady). O'Donnell includes even more jokes and action this time around and also cleverly reprises the most memorable characters, such as Hamster Monitor Martha Cherie and bully Kiefer "Beefer" Vanderkopf and his pet snake Michael Perkins. Sam's drawings are less prominent on this go-round, while O'Donnell's spoofs of adult behavior-including the maniacal, vengeful delusions of former SmilesCorp employee Roberta Fast and the latest lifestyle choices of the deeply sad Coach Weekes-are funnier and more pointed than ever. Like Louis Sachar and Dav Pilkey, O'Donnell writes joyful silliness for readers with a budding adolescent sense of humor, and Squirrel Kong's absurdism may resonate even with grumpy, neurotic adults. VERDICT A pure blast of fun for readers who want something amusing and fast-paced.-Abigail Garnett, Brooklyn Public Library © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Review by Kirkus Book Review

When the blame for monstrous destruction lands on Hamstersaurus Rex, Sam must clear his tiny, half-dino buddy's name.Bully Kiefer "Beefer" Vanderkoff has been expelled from Horace Hotwater Middle School, and as Hamster Monitor, Sam gets to care for his class pet: a mutated, junk-food-obsessed hamster/dinosaur hybrid. All's welluntil the school is visited by rodential destruction on a mass scale and Hammie is the only possible culprit in everyone's eyes. Everyone, that is, except Sam, who, while filming Chinchillazilla vs. MechaChinchillazilla (starring Hammie, of course), is attacked by a 12-foot-tall squirrel. Sam discovers that someone is controlling Squirrel Kong (his money's on Beefer), and Sam has to prove it in order to save Hammie from being sent away to the Irma Bergstrom Memorial Home for Troubled Small Pets. When this seems impossible, Sam teams up with several former nemeses to expose the real culprit. Can he do it before a classmate tries to claim a $300 reward for information on Hammie's whereabouts or before Squirrel Kong destroys the whole town? O'Donnell's sequel to Hammie's eponymous first outing (2016) is as goofball as the first. Dotted with Miller's black-and-white cartoon illustrationsin which Sam is depicted as white, with classmates of various skin tonesit's sure to please those who enjoyed Hammie and Sam's first adventure. The "2" on the spine and the cliffhanger ending indicate more genetically modified fun to comehurrah. (Science fiction. 8-12) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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