Description from GoodReads: A charming young graphic novel-hybrid starring best friends Hammy and Gerbee. Bonus: science and history facts on Egypt!
Things are looking up for best friends Hammy and Gerbee—a hamster and a gerbil—when they find out they’re both in Miss Capybara’s class. But it’s not long before school becomes a battle between the good (Hammy and Gerbee), the bad (spelling bees and pop quizzes), and the evil (mice twins Anna and Hanna). Can things get any worse? Or mischievous? Yep! They’re going on a field trip to the science museum. What are two rodent friends to do but find their own fun (and trouble)?
This is a terrific stepping stone for kids who are excited about graphic novels but not yet ready to tackle longer formats.
Quick Thoughts on the Book:
Wong Herbert Yee has written a number of picture books and early readers that I have enjoyed. I particularly loved the quiet friendship of Mouse and Mole. His newest book is another friendship pairing. This time the friendship is between a Hamster (Hammy) and a Gerbil (Gerbee) and will a new favorite of beginning readers. Yee has chosen to use a two-tone graphic novel as the format for this new book.
Young readers who are interested in graphic novels but not quite ready for longer length books will particularly enjoy this one. The story moves quickly between the start of the school year to the first field trip for Hammy and Gerbee's class. The two friends find themselves at the science museum and of course, mischief ensues. Yee uses illustrated chapter headings to help transition from short chapter to short chapter to move the story along. At the end of the book, readers get a few pages of facts on Egypt and mummies.
Look for Hammy and Gerbee at your local independent bookstore or community library.
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