Last Monday an exhausted Mattie did an awesome event at BOOK CLUB book shop in Broad Brook, CT. There local authors sat in stations and talked to third graders about writing books and the fun of being an author. One of those writers was Maria Carvalho, author of the super fun HAMSTER IN SPACE!
Cam has the honor of bringing home the class hamster, Harry. But instead of a quiet time Harry gets a hold of Cam's remote control rocket. To get him back Cam builds a jet pack made from a big battery, duct tape and lawnmower gas and starts his adventures to the stars. On his search among the stars Cam visits some cool planets and meets some incredible new friends including a octopus who wears a hat, a tiger wearing a striped shirt and a monkey wearing a shirt and tie. All these animals found their way into space (under silly circumstances) and now join in the search for Harry.
You don't need to be a young reader to enjoy this adventure... you just need to have an open mind and love adventure. HAMSTER IN SPACE features beautiful art by Lorena Soriano and is an incredible book. Maria may not know how to really build a jet pack, but who cares. her writing has a sweet flow to it and has a sense of wonder that in infectious.
Oh yeah... there is a monkey wearing a shirt and tie.
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