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Memoirs of a Hamster

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  590 ratings  ·  107 reviews
Night 1 / My life is perfect. / I have a bowl full of seeds, a cozy pile of wood shavings, and room to run. / I'm never leaving here. / Question: Who's the luckiest hamster in the world? / Answer: ME! Seymour the hamster has the perfect life. He has a spacious cage, a constant food supply, and a FuzzyBoy 360 exercise wheel that lets him run to his heart's content. Life cou ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 1st 2013 by Sleeping Bear Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, children-s
Mindee Arnett
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I just had the genuine pleasure of reading this book to my kids. We loved every second of it. The story is hysterical and fun and the illustrations are both gorgeous and adorable. I will be donating a copy to my kids' classrooms soon. I really can't recommend this enough to anyone with young kids or who is just young at heart. Can you tell I loved it? It makes me want to write a picture book myself.
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
This would be a great springboard for a conversation on contentment; why we have rules from God to live by. They are for our good.
I can see using this book along with MEMOIRS OF A GOLDFISH to have kids write their own "Memoirs of a..." stories.
Jul 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Absolutely adorable from the cover on in...
Donna Mork
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cute story of a hamster, done in diary format. The cat lies and says the stairs are made of sunflower seeds, so the hamster gets out to check it out. Turns out the cat is a big fat liar and the hamster thinks he's doomed. But just when things look their worst, he is rescued by his owner and she gives him a kiss. He hates kisses, but suddenly doesn't mind them too much.
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was afraid of the volume of text in this book. Wasn't sure it would hold the attention of my five year old. I did not need to worry. A fantastic story. Lots of drama. Will the poor hamster be rescued??!
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So cute! Loved it! Reminds me of Diary of a Spider (Worm or Fly).
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely adorable! Hilarious view of what a hamster might think all night!
Brigitte Brulz
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Cute and funny story told from the perspective of a little hamster obsessed with yogurt drops who learns to be content with what he has. The yogurt drops aren't always as plentiful on the outside!
Tracy J Hora
Nov 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Didn't think it was nearly as good as the others.
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Set up like a journal - would be great to teach journal writing, personal narratives, etc.
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
So cute! The kids loved this story!
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fans of "The Secret Life of Pets" will love this little book. Encourages kids to see things from a pet's point of view. Wonderful, Disneyesque illustrations.
Kathryn Bergeron
This book wasn’t my favorite. I mean, it was fine. It’s moral didn’t seem very good, and it wasn’t well written enough to overcome a poor moral.
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Goldfish was much cuter. This is a lame cliche, dressed up as a memoir to cash in on the popularity of the first. Sorry.
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dec 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another cute book by Scillian, told from the perspective of a hamster. Sweet ending, too.
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! It's a super cute story and I had a great time reading it too my kiddos.
Emma Hoyer
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Literature Requirement: **2014 IRA Children's Choice**

CAUTION: SPOILERS (Don’t say I didn’t warn you!)

First things first, Seymour is BEYOND adorable! I can’t help but want a hamster for myself after reading this book! I liked the illustrations, as well as the format in which this book was written. Each section is a night in the life of Seymour, and the repetition (after the great realization that cats are big, fat liars) of the first and last entry was a nice way to wrap things up. I really didn
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved Memoirs of a Goldfish so I had to read this one. Told with the same quirky, sarcastic tone this hamster thinks his life is grand living inside his cage with all the essentials. Each day something occurs with Hamster and each day gets a two-page spread in the book with a huge picture and a detail recording of what occurred. When the little girl picks him up and kisses him, he thinks germs but he also gets yogurt drops and they soon become his favorite treat. Pearl the cat comes in and mak ...more
Story: 3 stars - I liked it :)
Illustrations: 4 stars - I really liked them :)
Overall: 3.5 stars - good!

While I liked this story okay, I enjoyed Devin Scillian's Memoirs of a Goldfish more. The illustrations in both, though, were really enjoyable.

In regards to the illustrations in this book, I really liked the cuteness of the hamster and the evil looks on the cat's face were pretty great, too. But somehow the humor of the story itself fell flat for me. It just seemed a little dull, especially c
Jeff Harris
Aug 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comedy, picture-books
This book would definitely be appealing for young children. It's a set of memoirs (as is obvious from the title) of a hamster as he shares the daily events that occur in his cage. He's perfectly happy and content with his exercise wheel, cozy shavings, sunflower seeds, and yogurt drop treats, until one day, Pearl the Cat mentions the superb sunroom, where she says there's a staircase made of sunflower seeds that leads to it, and there are hundreds of yogurt drops to eat. Growing dissatisfied wit ...more
Steve Tetreault
Jan 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: children
I am always on the lookout for books my nephews might like and that I might be able to use as fun mentor texts within my classroom. I tried this one out in the hopes that it might provide a good-but-simple example of the memoir style.

Compared to many of the other kid's books I've read, this one was fine. It wasn't bad, and I can see adults asking kids probing questions to help them puzzle through the story and predict how things will turn out.

I wish it had some more slyness, some stuff that ad
Oct 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, storytime
The illustrations in Memoirs of a Hamster, like the goldfish book, really add to the story. Seymour the hamster starts out very content, but Pearl, the cat, keeps telling him about the wonderful things outside his cage. Buck, the goofy dog, confirms sunrooms are great. As you might imagine Pearl has ulterior motives for encouraging Seymour to escape. Seymour's expressions as he goes from content, to sad, worried, scared and back to content are wonderful.

I still love Memoirs of a Goldfish. While
Apr 18, 2013 rated it liked it
At first Seymour is content with his life. The hamster has all the food he could want to eat, a nice shelter, and a wheel to get exercise. Over a series of fourteen days, his brief notes describe the little annoyances, such as a kiss from Little Girl, and the bigger ones caused by Pearl. The cat plants seeds of doubt in the hamster's mind, making him year for the sunroom where yogurt drops are plentiful. Eventually, the lure of promised pleasures is too much for Seymour, and he manages to escape ...more
Sep 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
From the creator of the delightful Memoirs of a Goldfish comes this new memoir of a charming hamster! Seymour has a perfect life. He has room to run, a pile of wood shavings, and all the seeds he wants. What a great life! But then Pearl the Cat comes along, spinning tales of a stairway made out of sunflower seeds, and a sunroom filled with yogurt drops. Could it be? Seymour wants to see for himself.

Tim Bowers has drawn an innocent and lovable Seymour, and a dangerously green-eyed fat cat Pearl f
Jon Guimont
Feb 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
First off, this book gives off a very warm feel to it. The illustrations are fantastic and full of excitement and emotion. Right away you see a hamster who is relaxing in his tank and immediately I think how nice it must feel to be able to do that. The pictures were great illustrations of his daily activities. The book goes through the daily life of a hamster and the dilemma's that occur such as a broken wheel,not being able to go into the sunroom and getting away from Hoover. It's a very good b ...more
Cheongna Dalton
(AR level: 2.9, AR points: 0.5)

Summary from Goodreads:
Seymour the hamster has the perfect life. He has a spacious cage, a constant food supply, and a FuzzyBoy 360 exercise wheel that lets him run to his heart's content. Life could not be better. Or could it? When Pearl the cat tells Seymour of the goodies beyond the safe confines of his cage, he starts to think he's missing out. And out is the new in! It's only after Seymour is out of his cage that he begins to fully appreciate his safe and coz
Mar 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
A little brown hamster named Seymour is content inside his tank until the family cat tempts him with the wonders outside his cage. When he finally escapes will he see all the wonders he's imagined? Or was it all just a plot to get him out of his cage...

A cute little story. The author has a book out from the goldfish's perspective as well, and he makes a cameo appearance in the book. I wonder if we'll see the cat or dog's journal next.

I would definitely recommend this for parents and schools wit
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