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Hanukkah Hamster

Hanukkah Hamster
Michelle Markel By (author)
André Ceolin Illustrated by
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Sleeping Bear Press

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9.0 X 11.0 in
32 pg

JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Values & Virtues
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship


The holiday season is a busy time, with people bustling about. And it's a busy time for Edgar, a cabdriver who conveys passengers around the city. All day long Edgar drives his cab; many people going to many different places. At the end of one busy day, Edgar is so tired he climbs into the backseat of his cab to take a nap. But he discovers he is not alone. A little hamster has somehow been left behind from one of the many fares Edgar has driven. Edgar dutifully reports the hamster to the cab company's Lost and Found department, but in the meantime the little creature needs to be taken care of. Edgar brings the hamster to his apartment, making it a bed, feeding it, and even giving it a name, Chickpea. As Edgar starts his Hanukah observance, with no family nearby to share in it, the little hamster becomes more than a casual companion to the lonely man. But what happens when Chickpea's owner is found?

Author Bio

Michelle Markel is the author of several notable picture books, including The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau (PEN/Steven Kroll Award for Picture Book Writing), Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909 (Jane Addams Children’s Book Award for Younger Readers, Bank Street’s Flora Stieglitz Straus Award, Orbis Pictus Award Honor), and Balderdash! John Newbery and the Boisterous Birth of Children’s Books. She teaches classes in writing for children for the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program; gives lectures, workshops, and school presentations; and is a founding member of the Children’s Authors Network. Her home is in West Hills, California. Visit her website:

André Ceolin is a self-taught illustrator from Brazil, who started sketching when he was a child. By that time, he loved to draw on the reams of paper his father used to bring home from work. André worked in advertising and in the pharmaceutical field for several years, but as a young father he was drawn to the color and spontaneity of the art in children’s books. He has now illustrated more than thirty books. To know more about him and his work, visit