Wednesday, February 12, 2014

My Humongous Hamster by Lorna Freytag

What if your hamster ate all his food in one gulp and became humongous? It might be a bit scary, it might be a bit fun, it might even be useful.

This is a wonderful book about unleashing your imagination and letting it run wild through the city like a Godzilla sized hamster. There's no plot, just a series of situations that a giant hamster might find himself in.

There are two things I love about this book, one is that Lorna Freytag's text consists of short matter-of-fact sentences. This leaves your children plenty of opportunity to explore their own ideas about the fantastic illustrations. And that's the other thing I love about this book, the illustration is photo collage, but I have never seen that technique used better. The level of detail is extraordinary and great care has been taken to add shadow, sky and overlap to make it look real.

I'll leave you with an example of the artwork taken from Lorna Freytag's blog. How cool is that?

Published February 11, 2013 by Henry Holt and Co.
Ages 2-6

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