Malcolm & The Hamster Lady by Geraldine Ryan-LushMalcolm & The Hamster Lady by Geraldine Ryan-Lush

Malcolm & The Hamster Lady

byGeraldine Ryan-Lush

Paperback | September 26, 2003

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A laugh, and suspense a minute, Dennis the Menace type story for kids about a hapless boy, Malcolm, a precocious two year old, a modern, sweet, senior lady, and her grouchy, hates animals, Mr. Wilson husband. When Malcolm, who has "never in his life before wanted to do a chore without getting paid for it," decides to be honourable and offers to take care of Mrs. D'd pampered pet hamster, who as Malcolm puts it, "a real live emperor didn't have it as flush," utter chaos erupts in the form of the actions of Seussy (aptly named for his obsession with Dr. Seuss books,) the "curiosity killed the cat" toddler brother. It's up to Malcolm to mollify the stricken Mrs. D., and, shivering in his boots, face the formidable Mr.D. Desperate, he comes up with a plan. But ultimately, he faces the music, and the truth, and in the process, brings a chuckle of empathy and understanding to a gruff old man's life.
Of kids with too many freckles, of dogs with too many hairs, of a boy with a crush on a girl and he can't dance, Geraldine Ryan-Lush has been entertaining children young and old for decades with her reality based, humorous, entertaining books based on her vision that kids need to see their own lives in books, to be drawn in and destine...
Title:Malcolm & The Hamster LadyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:60 pages, 7.5 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:September 26, 2003Publisher:Mulberry BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0968280536

ISBN - 13:9780968280539

Appropriate for ages: 6 - 14

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superbly Written Children's Novel In 60 action-packed pages, Geraldine Ryan-Lush succeeds once again in what has become her special forte; that of keeping a child glued to a story without him ever realizing for one second that he is learning a valuable lesson in life. But it is absorbed just the same. In this story, she manages to handle the age gap between an eleven year old and a toddler and the subsequent frustration, his undying love for pets which has only formerly resulted in catastrophe (and this is no exception!), the actual death of a pet (in what in other authors' works would be slightly gross and horrific), his lying to an elderly neighbour to cover the death, deception , and disobedience to his mother, all in a forgiving heart is in the right place way, that garners Malcolm extra respect yet again as a character, for his gutsiness and inherent sense of what's right. Ryan-Lush characterizes well, in this tight format, and deftly handles dialogue and short chapters with effortless ease, writing in a breezy, diary driven style that is not easily accomplished by a lot of children's authors. She is on a par, and in my opinion, outdoes the likes of Judy Blume and Beverly Cleary in this work, the icing on the cake summed up in one word, in spite of the wackiness: Tender. Schools, libraries, parents and teachers should grab this cute, enduring little look at a very likeable young kid.
Date published: 2004-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Witty, Wacky, and Wonderful! This is an excellent first novel for young readers, draws them into the wild and zany adventures of Malcolm, the hapless protagonist, who simply wants to do the right thing for his elderly neighbor. I recommend this book for anyone looking for the perfect title to introduce children to the joys of reading, and I can't wait to pick up more from this author. More fun and imaginative than Harry Potter!
Date published: 2004-10-08

From the Author

I dedicated this story to, besides my children, our very own lovable, smart-eyed hamster, Freeway, who met a fate similar to Archibald, the lovable hero of the story. We were all away one weekend, and left Freeway in the care of neighbours who were so distraught over the incident, they rushed out and bought hopefully, a "lookalike." And in real life as also in the story, this "Double trouble" had 'really red eyes that were'nt bright at all, was "slow and sluggish" squeaked and "didn't wash his face with his little pink paws afterwards." He "wasn't smart at all like Archibald. " no wonder we weren't fooled! I hope kids who already have a pet hamster or any pet that's bright, soft and funny, will enjoy this story taken from precious chapters in my young sons' lives. They are grown now, and it's a story we will share forever at family gatherings, the true story of the hamster switcharoo!

Editorial Reviews

This is what Lynn Barter , children's book review columnist for The Sunday Telegram had to say about "Malcolm and the Hamster Lady: "Malcolm and the Hamster Lady" is a novel for early readers from the delightful imagination of Newfoundland writer Geraldine Ryan-Lush. The novel's physical size is perfectly suited to small hands and the engaging story will grab and hold their attention. The title character Malcolm, loves animals and is quick to jump at the chance to care for a fluffy white hamster , Archibald. Mrs. D., the "hamster lady," loves Archibald and trusts Malcolm to care for her pet. Unfortunately, Malcolm's baby brother and Archibald don't quite take to each other, and Archibald meets his demise under a well-placed cushion and a two-year-old's behind. Malcolm tries to fool Mrs. D. with a replacement hamster, but must own up to the truth when Mrs. D. realizes the hamster is not her beloved Archibald. Early readers will enjoy this sweet story and learn a thing or two about responsibility and telling the truth. Ryan-Lush's text will also help build vocabulary and reading / comprehension skills."