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If I Had a Gryphon (Hardcover)

    By Vikki Vansickle, Cale Atkinson (Illustrator)
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    Sam just got her very first pet but hamsters are pretty boring compared to the magical mythological creatures she's been reading about. Sam starts imagining what it would be like to have a magical pet instead of a boring one and starts to realize maybe her safe little hamster is the perfect pet for her. (Crystal)

    — From Crystal


    Sam just got a hamster for a pet. But the hamster is kind of boring ... he just eats and sleeps and gets his shavings wet. Inspired by her book of mythological creatures, Sam longs for a more exciting pet. But she soon realizes that taking care of these magical beasts might not be as wonderful as she thought. Sasquatches are messy, unicorns are shy, hippogriffs scare the dogs at the dogpark, and having a fire extinguisher handy at all times makes dragons seem like an awful lot of work. In the end, Sam realizes that her hamster is a pretty sweet and safe pet ... or is he?
    If I Had a Gryphon is a raucous rhyming read-aloud about fantastical beasts in everyday situations--and the increasingly beleaguered heroine who has to deal with them.

    About the Author

    Vikki VanSickle is the author of the acclaimed Clarissa books, including Words that Start with B, Love Is a Four-Letter Word and Days that End in Y. Vikki's most recent middle grade novel, Summer Days, Starry Nights, has been called "Summer reading at its best" and is a finalist for the 2015 Red Maple Award. After obtaining an MA in Children's Literature from UBC, Vikki's career began in bookselling at The Flying Dragon Bookshop, which earned her the 2011 CBA Young Bookseller of the Year award. She is a popular children's lit blogger and is frequently called upon to speak about kids' books for radio panels, conferences, and as Lainey Gossip's YA mentor! Currently she balances writing with her duties as the Marketing and Publicity Manager for Young Readers at Penguin Canada. The author lives in Toronto, ON.
    Product Details
    ISBN: 9781770498099
    ISBN-10: 1770498095
    Publisher: Tundra Books (NY)
    Publication Date: February 9th, 2016
    Pages: 32
    Language: English