Jeannie the hamster is bored—until she becomes an escape artist and finds a best friend.
Jeannie is a hamster whose twin caregivers, Mateo and Martina, have lost interest in her. The twins’ little sister, Sophia, feels left out of her older siblings’ lives and longs to make Jeannie her own. When Jeannie repeatedly escapes from her cage, Sophia’s mom gives Sophia a chance to care for Jeannie. Sophia decides that Jeannie keeps escaping because she’s bored. Sophia sets out to enrich Jeannie’s life and, in the process, the two become fast friends.
Interesting subplots available for discussion include sibling rivalry, the historic vaudeville performer, and responsible pet ownership. A helpful section at the end of the book answers questions about how to care for and adopt hamsters as pets.
Evans paints the children with light-brown skin and straight or wavy black hair; their names suggest Latinx heritage. A fine educational tool for children who think they may be ready to give love and attention to a pet. (online resources) (Picture book. 3-6)