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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Series
O'Donnell, Tom. Hamstersaurus Rex ; bk. 2.
Subjects
Genres
Humorous fiction
Humorous stories
Published
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers [2017]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
285 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
ISBN
9780062377562
0062377566
Main Author
Tom O'Donnell (author)
Other Authors
Tim Miller, 1972- (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

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. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

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 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

When Hamstersaurus Rex is wrongly blamed for destruction caused by Squirrel Kong in the school science lab, Sam Gibbs works to clear his friend's name before Hammie is sent to a home for troubled pets.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Wrongly blamed when a gigantic squirrel crashes through the science lab at Horace Hotwater Middle School, Sam Gibbs and his tiny buddy, Hamstersaurus Rex, investigate mysterious mutations and deliciously gross snack foods to prove their innocence. Simultaneous eBook. 50,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

SQUIRREL ATTACK! Sam Gibbs and his super-strong tiny buddy, Hamstersaurus Rex, are back in this hilarious classroom comedy, perfect for fans of Dog Man and Stick Dog—and for anybody who might be entertained by a mutant rodent showdown.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?Expect mysterious mutations, deliciously gross snack foods, and an epic battle with the world’s most fearsome squirrel in this outrageously funny second installment in the Hamstersaurus Rex series.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

SQUIRREL ATTACK! Sam Gibbs and his super-strong tiny buddy, Hamstersaurus Rex, are back in this hilarious classroom comedy, perfect for fans of Dog Man and Stick Dog'and for anybody who might be entertained by a mutant rodent showdown.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?Expect mysterious mutations, deliciously gross snack foods, and an epic battle with the world's most fearsome squirrel in this outrageously funny second installment in the Hamstersaurus Rex series.