Bowman, Patty. The Amazing Hamweenie, PICTURE BOOK. Philomel Books (Penguin), 2012. $16.99 Content: G.
Hamweenie the cat, wants nothing more than to be famous and pampered. Alas, his life is not as magnificent as he would like it to be. Hamweenie believes he is mistreated, but in fact, he is loved and coddled and has a wild imagination.
I got such a kick out of this book. There is so much detail in the artwork and the pictures and text go together so well, that the story wouldn’t be complete without them both. Hamweenie’s dramatic personality made me laugh in unexpected ways. The language is definitely a bit complex, but not impossible to explain. It is a truly entertaining and intelligent picture book.
EL – ESSENTIAL. Reviewed by: Shay, Library Media Specialist