Tuesday, July 26, 2016

PICTURE BOOK - If I Had a Gryphon by Vikki Vansickle

Illustrated by Cale Atkinson
2016, Tundra Books
HC $16.99
32 pgs.
Goodreads rating: 4.35 (399 ratings)
My rating: 4
Endpapers:  Peach, with tiny mythical figure silhouettes in orange
Illustrations: bright & fun, a bit cartoony and fun
1st line/s:  "Last week I got a hamster.
                    My first and only pet.
                    He mostly eats and sleeps and hides
                    And gets his shavings wet."

My comments:  Told in abcb quatrains, this adorable picture book introduces all sorts of mythical and fantastical creatures (unicorn, hippogriff, sasquatch, gryphon, kraken, dragon, jackalope, phoenix, manticore, harpies, chupacabra, fairies, kelpies, basilisk, mermaid, sprites, chimera...)  in a simple and fun way.  A great extension for older kids:  make a glossary or afterword for the book using others as models.

Goodreads:  Sam just got a hamster for a pet. She's not really impressed. The hamster isn't very exciting--he mostly eats and sleeps and gets his shavings wet. BORING!
     After reading a book about mythological creatures, Sam gets some ideas for more exciting pets. But she soon realizes that taking care of these magical beasts might not be as wonderful as she though. Unicorns are shy, gryphons scare the dogs at the dog park and having a fire extinguisher handy at all times makes dragons seem like an awful lot of work. 
     Maybe the hamster really is the best pet for her. A nice, safe pet... right?

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