Sunday, January 17, 2016

Memoirs of a Hamster by Devin Scillian

The fourth picture book nominated for this year's Morning Calm Medal is Memoirs of a Hamster written by Devin Scillian.

"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 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 cozy home."
 - Amazon description

Devin Scillian is an award-winning author and Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist. He has written more than 10 books with Sleeping Bear Press, including the best-selling A is for America: An American AlphabetBrewster the Rooster,Johnny Kaw and Memoirs of a Hamster. Devin lives in Michigan and anchors the news for WDIV-TV in Detroit. 
- Sleeping Bear Press description
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And remember Setmour's lessons...
"The grass is not always greener on the other side."
"Be thankful for what you have."
"If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is."
"There's no place like home."

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