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Einstein the Class Hamster

3.35 of 5 stars 3.35  ·  rating details  ·  98 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Einstein the class hamster is from a long line of class hamsters. He knows lots of cool facts about science, art, and history—maybe even more than their sleepy teacher, Ms. Moreno. The class has a chance to compete in a trivia game show contest. But how can they get ready for the contest if Ms. Moreno keeps taking naps instead of teaching? More important, how can Einstein ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published August 27th 2013 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Hilarious antics of a class hampster, appropriately named Einstein and his best human friendm Ned, who can hear him talk. I read this aloud to my 7 year old. He was truly entertained. Included are fun facts about different topics delivered in a quiz show format which invite great interaction, especially at the end when the reader is challenged to see what they can remember. The facts are appropriately entertaining such as where on the planet you find the most mosquitos or which planet has dust d ...more
There was nothing trivial about fun facts--any class hamster could tell you that.

While I am a lover of trivia, I was somewhat skeptical going into this book, worrying it might cross that very thin line into pedantic condescension, being more about selling the idea that learning is fun than telling a fun story. Fortunately, I found my worries largely misplaced. Giving Einstein a quiz show obsession proved a natural vehicle for sharing fun facts and information, and allowed for the story to unfold
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Einstein The Class Hamster by Janet Tashjian, illustrated by Jake Tashjian – Well, this is one hilarious book with a main character, Einstein, who would do anything to host a show called ANSWER… THAT QUESTION! And help students learn new information… because he is from a long line of class hamsters and is packed with cool facts. I enjoyed learning random facts throughout. My one little regret is that at the end of the book, there are interesting website “learn more” links shared but they are so ...more
This is a terrifically fun story, perfect for 3-4th grade readers. Einstein the class hamster loves trivia and games shows and can only be heard by Merlin the turtle and Ned, a quiet boy in class. The class has a sleep- deprived teacher, who nods off in class, and they finally get to audition for the game show, with Ned and Einstein's help. Interspersed with trivia tidbits, this is a quick, funny book for newly independent readers. The illustrations are the weak point, done by the author's son, ...more
Ned is the only kid in class that can hear Einstein, the class hamster. Which is too bad because it is Einstein's dream to teach the class by emceeing "Answer that Question." When Ms. Moreno decides her class should audition for the game show "Kids Know Stuff", Einstein is sure this is his big chance. And, in a way, it is because Ned takes him home for the weekend and they study for the contest.

Interspersed with "Einstein's Tasty Tidbits" and humorous illustrations, this should be a favorite of
Stephanie Croaning
I felt very middle-of-the-road about this book. I liked the educational tidbits that were sprinkled through the story. It never hurts to learn some new trivia while reading! There's also some good lessons here, such as sulking never solves anything, so just get to work.

There were several things I didn't like about the story. First, the class hamster angle is done much better in the Humphrey series by Betty Birney. I also was not fond of some of the sophomoric components of the story -- throwing
Kristen Badger
Tashjian, J. (2013). Einstein the class hamster. New York: Henry Holt and Company.

This silly and easy to read chapter book is about a class hamster named Einstein who is obsessed with facts and game shows.

I would recommend this book to students who enjoy the My Weird School series, the Black Lagoon series, the Big Nate series and the Bad Kitty series.

Would recommend this for students in grades 2-4. Primary / Intermediate

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I plan to use this book as our Kids' Book Club reading selection for December. Fun-spirited but filled with facts, it is perfect for a follow-up game show activity/program with young readers. Einstein the hamster is a bright and clever classroom pet (descended from a several generations of savvy classroom hamsters) who has lofty aspirations of achieving fame by hosting his own trivia game show and posing as substitute teacher in his classroom. I have one critique: I know the absurd elements are ...more
This was an entertaining story that both my first grader and preschooler enjoyed. "Einstein's Tasty Tidbits" was one of my older daughter's favorite parts of the book. Having facts incorporated into the story was a huge bonus for her, as she is currently fascinated by odd facts and re-read those with relish. We're looking forward to a second book in the series.

Einstein is the class pet. He talks, but only Ned can hear him. Einstein loves trivia and wants to help his class learn, especially since the teacher is less than stellar. Illustrated by the author’s son. A good read for lower elementary, possibly struggling middle school students, but it does look and read young.
Protagonists: Einstein (the hamster) and his best friend Ned

Supporting characters: Marlon (turtle), Twinkles (python), Ms. Moreno (teacher), Bonnie (classmate)

Einstein helps Ned prepare himself and his class for a trivia game show.

Good book for young readers, 3rd-4th grade or younger.
Here's a fantastic choice for kids who only want to read Guinness World Records books or Ripley's Believe it or Not!, but who are forced to read fiction instead. It's packed full of fun facts, the format is full of illustrations, and the plot is slight but moves quickly.
This is a fun book. Lots of random trivia and humor...great for 3rd grade level readers. It isn't text heavy and is in short chapters. I liked the random facts...keeps the reader interested. Great classroom library addition (once Liam is done with it!).
Franki Sibberson
This book is really funny and perfect for 3rd graders. A good mix of text and pictures so perfect for transitional readers.I laughed out loud several times while reading it. I can think of lots of kids who will love it.
Fun little third grade type of book with silly humor about a knowledgable class pet wanting his own quiz show, sprinkled with tasty trivia tidbits.
Kari Worsham
Great for K-4, boys will love it, along the lines of Captain Underpants, Ellray Jakes, and Wimpy Kid.
Perfect for third grade and up. I like the informational section at the end of each chapter, called einsteins's tasty tidbits.
Einstein, the class hamster who can only talk to Ned, wants nothing more than to host a quiz show. When Ned's class tries out for a class quiz show, Einstein helps Ned prepare his classmates. Each chapter ends with some of Einstein's favorite facts, presented in paragraph form. The book is charming enough, though I didn't care for the class covering up for the sleepy teacher's ways. I also didn't love the illustrations, though the are a fine compliment for the text.
Brandi Rae
I think the intended audience will really enjoy it; however I found the "Einstein's Tasty Tidbits" to interrupt the flow of the story too much for my taste. They were interesting, but maybe if there were fewer of them?

Overall entertaining, I'll definitely be handing this to the kids who like the diary/comic format, particularly the ones who want to read Diary of a Wimpy Kid or Loser List but aren't really old enough for those titles.
Marge Keller
Cute - good for third and fourth graders especially struggling readers. A lot of picture support.
I think 1st-3rd graders will enjoy this series. I wasn't such a huge fan. Einstein's personality was actually quite annoying. The illustrations were kind of odd too, he really didn't look like any hamster I have ever seen.
Lisa Calvert
I couldn't get into it but my 3rd grader (who loves kooky books) said it was really funny.
Absolutely hysterical read! Love Einstein's quirky sense of humor and his Tasty Tidbits!
Mrs. Swanson's 3rd Grade
Einstein is hilarious! We loved the illustrations. This book made our class laugh!
Margaret Behr
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Janet Tashjian is a middle-grade and young adult novelist who’s been writing books for children for fifteen years. Her first novel Tru Confessions was made into a critically acclaimed Disney TV movie starring Clara Bryant and Shia LaBeouf. The Gospel According to Larry is a cult favorite and Fault Line is taught in many middle and high schools. Her novels My Life As a Book, My Life As a Stuntboy, ...more
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