Reviewed by Elizabeth G. (age 9)
Elizabeth - one of the characters in the book reminded me of myself in two ways: we both have the same name - Elizabeth. Also, whenever the hamster gets lost sheís the person who usually finds the hamster just like me. When I lose something Iím the one who usually finds it. For example,when I lost my Nintendo DS I found it in my Momís car. I felt a little bit scared in the book because they had to put up all these posters and they had to make a seed path so that Squeaks could eat the seeds and find her way back. I felt scared also because when I lose something I worry about it. When my dog ran away once, (we found her) I was really scared and worried and I was thinking: ďAm I ever going to find her?Ē So I can relate to Elizabeth because she and her class must have been scared and worried too! In the book there are about 13 or 14 illustrations. I liked them because you could look at them and know what is going on. The pictures are also very detailed. The illustrator seems like he put a lot of time and work into the drawings. The illustrator did the pictures in pen and ink which made it look very clear to the reader. When I picked up the book and I read what Elizabeth looked like I thought she was going to have brown hair up to the bottom of her ears and she'd be wearing blue jeans and a t-shirt. But then I looked at the illustration and I saw she didnít look anything like I thought. The illustrations helped me to not be confused. In the book my favorite part was at the end when Elizabeth got Squeaks for one of her Christmas presents. I like that part because she really loved Squeaks as a friend and wanted Squeaks as her own pet. I could imagine the look on Elizabethís face when she got the surprise gift. I bet she looked surprised, happy and excited.
I recommend this book to children ages 8 to 12, especially if you like hamsters. This book is mysterious and funny. If you like a book that is full of surprises, this is the book for you!