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A visit with author Dave McDonald and Hamster S.A.M.

Last night, I took my kids to the Storybook Night at their school, mostly because I wanted to buy them books at the Scholastic Book Fair and it was the last night I could do so. We got our books and then decided to join in a presentation by Dave McDonald, author of Hamster S.A.M.: Odd-ventures in Space!, a graphic novel written for ages 7 and up.

McDonald gave the kids a brief overview of the book, which is about a hamster named Sam and his sidekick Fescue who fly their portable potty rocket into outer space. The kids thought it sounded like a fun story, and we ended up buying a copy at the signing table after the event. C loved it. M and I are going to read it tonight.

My favorite part of the presentation was when McDonald showed the kids the original artwork, which is much larger than the book, and explained that it is shrunk down to make the books.

I think the kids enjoyed his drawings the most. He showed how to use simple shapes like ovals, squares and circles as the basis for creating new characters.

When we got home, C immediately started reading the book, and M got right into drawing her own characters from simple shapes. I was impressed by the way his presentation really inspired my kids' creativity.

To learn more about Dave McDonald and Hamster S.A.M., visit the author's website.


  1. What a fun presentation. I didn't know authors came to the book fairs at school, that's pretty cool! I'm gonna have to check out Hamster S.A.M. for my boys! Thanks for sharing.

    1. I don't think we've had an author at the book fair before! He did come to the school last year to do a presentation for the older kids during school time, though. It was fun!

  2. I seriously wish my potty would turn into a rocket and go somewhere really far away...somewhere that I can perhaps potty with no interruptions. It seems like a really cute story and I like that he taught them how to dry characters with simple shapes.

    1. Hahahaha! That's so funny! Thanks for the laugh.


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