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Hamsters Holding Hands
By author: Kass Reich
Selling Points: Counting, hamsters, humor
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Apr/01/2012
Pages: 24
Baby Board Book
Price:  $9.95
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One hamster wants to play
Two hamsters shout hurray
Three hamsters with a pear
Four hamsters in the air

Hamsters Holding Hands is an engaging, fun board book targeted toward very young learners. Each page features a different number of playful hamsters accompanied by rhyming text. The illustrations are bright and graphic with lots of humorous details to keep both child and adult engaged.

A counting book that takes readers from one to ten, Hamsters Holding Hands is a delight to share with any young child. - August 21, 2012
"Ridiculously sweet and fun....Reich’s illustration style, too, is unique and playful. The palette is all gentle, warm, browns and oranges and soft greens and yellows. The outlines of the images are clearly drawn but a bit wobbly, and the washes of colour spill outside the lines a bit, here and there, in sort of a tacit ode to the drawings of little kids. The small details are fantastically clever as well...If you’re bored to death of tired, retread counting books, Hamsters Holding Hands is the solution to your problem!"
The Muskokan - August 17, 2012
"Here's a new board book for infants and toddlers that will entertain them, teach them the numbers from one to 10, and will set their toes a-tapping...Parents and wee ones can enjoy [Reich's] charming poems and captivating illustrations together. A lovely gift for a baby, your own or someone else's."
Crowding the Book Truck blog - June 19, 2012
"There's a lovely quiet charm about this board book...Definitely check this book out for young readers or kids practicing their numbers."
Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group - May 15, 2012
"The illustrations are brightly colored and full of activities. This is a delightful book that children and parents will enjoy reading together again and again."
Publishers Weekly, Starred - April 16, 2012
[Starred review] "This charming counting book features spunky, pear-shaped hamsters...engaging in simple yet unexpected fun...Debut talent Reich brings subtle, off-kilter humor—with props like balloons, pinwheels, and snorkel gear—and an understated style to her spreads, with the hamsters' citrus hues playfully smudged outside their outlines. It's hard not to smile at images of the happy hamsters jumping rope or working on their tans."
Quill & Quire - March 1, 2012
"Counting books are a dime a dozen, but few attain the outright adorableness of Montreal artist Kass Reich's first board book. Rendered in earth tones with hints of hot pink, Reich's splay-toed rodents frolic in the sun, eat some rice, and, yes, hold hands. The text is simple and fun, a combination that will no doubt strike a chord with wee ones." - March 1, 2012
"Why another counting book? All you have to do is look at the adorable hamster heroes in this original board book...Their outstretched front paws and wide grins exude joy...Pure delight."
CM Magazine - February 17, 2012
"A cheerful little counting book that both parents and children will find a fun and simple introduction to counting from one to ten. Each hamster filled page offers rhymes and activities that are easy to vocally embellish or mime for the enjoyment of both parent and child."


CCBC Best Books, commended  CA  2012
Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year, commended  US  2013

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