If I Had a Gryphon book cover

by Vikki VanSickle; illustrated by Cale Atkinson
Tundra Books, 2016
ISBN 978-1-77049-809-9
Picture book, fiction
Interest level: K-3
Reading level: 3.9
3 out of 5 stars

A child gets a hamster for a pet and finds that all he does is eat, sleep, and hide. Not a very exciting pet. She envisions a host of mythological pets that would be much more fun — a unicorn, hippogriff, kraken, Sasquatch, etc. Even though each one seems more exciting than a hamster, they have different reasons they wouldn’t make a good pet. Finally she realizes that she and her hamster have each other, and that makes him the perfect pet.

The illustrations are colorful, fanciful and make a good accompaniment to the rhyming text. This would make a fun read-aloud with young children.

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