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I Houdini ~ Ppr Paperback – Jan 13 1989

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Canada / Children's; New edition edition (Jan. 13 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006733638
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006733638
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 0.8 x 11.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 82 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,018,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Format: Library Binding
Why do "children's" authors insist on slipping in quite adult, leering and, wink wink incidents and conversations about, you know what? There we were happily reading along about this very clever and articulate hamster when wham, with little warning we get a first person account of the mating habits of hamsters, and very anthropomorphic too. "Wedded and bedded", in a children's book?
Be cautioned about Lynne Reid Banks' other offerings as well. They just slip this stuff in. Caught one in The Prince of Egypt.
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By A Customer on Aug. 21 2000
Format: Library Binding
Reasonably enjoyable fare sullied by very adult hamster love tryst. Parents should be warned. The book starts off smart and funny and gradually gets darker and darker. I suggest a pre read.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xb3324bd0) out of 5 stars 14 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb319b18c) out of 5 stars Funny yet thoughtful book. June 17 2004
By KidsReads - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
There is no doubt that Houdini is a most unusual creature, for this is a hamster with an advanced vocabulary and a terribly immodest opinion of his own superior brain power. Houdini believes without question that hamsters are a higher form of life than humans. He is, however, a kindhearted creature (generally speaking) and tolerates the bumbling ways of humans well enough.
What is hard for him to tolerate is their tendency to want to lock him up in a cage. If there is anything Houdini does not like, it is to be locked up. It is in fact his amazing ability to escape his cage that got him his name. Houdini is an escapologist of the very highest order.
Houdini also tends to reap chaos in his wake, which makes him most unpopular with the father of the boys who own him. Father becomes enraged when Houdini first chews electrical wire, carpeting and a door, and then finally causes a flood in the kitchen. It is all too much. Even Houdini has to admit that Father has just cause to be upset. So Houdini decides to stay with a friend for a while, until Father has time to cool off. Ben has a hamster called Oggi, a female who humiliates Houdini dreadfully. Houdini is soon on the loose and makes the most amazing discovery --- he finds himself in the great Outside.
Never in his wildest dreams did Houdini imagine that the great Outside would be so wonderful. What he comes to learn is that Outside is also terribly dangerous and unpredictable. In fact, he could very easily become someone's lunch or dinner out there.
In this funny yet thoughtful book, Lynne Reid Banks takes us into the mind, and heart, of a brilliant and delightful character who has flaws just like the rest of us. What is endearing about Houdini is that he is willing to admit his imperfections and mistakes. Using rich and complex language, the author never talks down to her readers but expects them to know what she means and understand what her wonderful, often grandiose hamster is saying. We cannot help but grow fond of this ambitious rodent, who discovers that there is a power far greater than even his own will to escape from every cage he is put into.
--- Reviewed by Marya Jansen-Gruber (mjansengruber@mindspring.com) of Through The Looking Glass Book Review ([...]
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb319b1e0) out of 5 stars Amazing Animal-Narration for Kids of All Ages March 10 2004
By Erika Sorocco - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Houdini is a golden hamster with a very unusual name. You see, who was named after "the" Houdini. You know, the magician. As Houdini the Hamster is also an amazing escape artist, just like his namesake. Houdini was born with amazing talents for escaping anything imaginable. No matter how confining it appeared to be. Houdini can wiggle, chew, and squeeze himself out of any place. Pants pockets, pianos, refrigerators. You name it, and he'll be able to escape from it. In fact, thanks to Houdini's many escapades in escaping, he has created many disasters throughout his owner's home. Floods, chewed carpets and telephone wires, etc. But this time, Houdini is set on escaping to the biggest place ever. The great outdoors. And knowing him, he'll be able to accomplish this amazing feat.
I, HOUDINI is an exciting animal-narrated story filled with mystery, adventure, and lots of destruction. Lynne Reid Banks created an amazing work of children's literature when writing I, HOUDINI, as she put herself in the place of a hamster, and described all of the surroundings she experienced, and the things that she saw. Houdini is an enjoyable character, who's witty personality, and snappy commentary with have all readers, young and old laughing out loud at his crazy antics. A must have book for all. Especially for those who enjoyed E.B. White's STUART LITTLE and Beverly Cleary's THE MOUSE AND THE MOTORCYCLE. A must have.
Erika Sorocco
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HASH(0xa6da454c) out of 5 stars I Houdini Needs to Disappear March 9 2014
By kim clements - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The book was awful. It wasn't a page turner because it was too slow moving and not suspenseful. I couldn't wait to get through it because I had to do it for a school project. Nobody liked it in my class. Sorry. Jake, 10
HASH(0xa6da4708) out of 5 stars Entertaining Hamster Tale Oct. 7 2013
By BrittdogPub - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed this well written hamster tale. It is one of the best books I have read lately. Houdini the hamster found himself in one predicament after another, always caused by his escape from his cage. Houdini was a curious hamster and a free spirit who wanted to explore his world. I have owned hamsters in the past and mine never had any exciting adventures like Houdini did. Every time the little hamster escaped his cage and got into a new mess, I was afraid the family was going to give up on him. When Houdini went into hibernation, I was sure the story was going to have a very sad ending. I was happy when Houdini woke up from his deep sleep and got to meet his offspring. I love animal stories with a happy ending. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a happy animal story.
HASH(0xb319b6a8) out of 5 stars LOVED IT! Sept. 5 2014
By SandraLee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
LOVED IT!!!!! I had a hamster as a child and this seemed to explain some of the things Sweetie Pie and I experienced. I found how L. R. Banks got into Houdini's body and mind and wrote about it so very (I don't want to insult Houdini by saying 'cute') amusing and informative. I believe "I, Houdini" would be a great book for anyone obtaining a hamster, along with a good how to care for hamsters book. I don't usually give reviews, but I feel "I, Houdini" is a must read for small animal owners and well deserves 5 STARS!

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