Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 26th 2015 by Philomel Books (first published March 1st 2014)
Format read: Finished copy
He’s free! The Amazing Hamweenie, legend in his own mind, hero to millions of adoring fans who have yet to meet him, has finally escaped the evil clutches of the little girl who showers him with love and stuffs him full of delectable treats. Where will our tortured star go? To the circus, of course! The spotlight of center ring beckons, and of course the elephants, monkeys, and tigers are in desperate need of a leader. Hamweenie will gift them with his presence! So why is it that his greatness goes unappreciated? Does no one recognize a true star when they see one?
In this companion to The Amazing Hamweenie, Patty Bowman brings a touch of Grumpy Cat and a dash of Stewie Griffin to the secret mind of one adorable curmudgeon of a cat.
In The Amazing Hamweenie Escapes, author/illustrator Patty Bowman reintroduces us to Hamweenie, a feisty ginger tabby cat, who is determined to escape his ordinary New York apartment for a more exciting life in the circus.
But things don't go according to planned - as they so very rarely do for Hamweenie - after he finally arrives at the circus, and doesn't find stardom as intended. Bowman's short, energetic sentences helps move the story along, especially as Hamweenie repeatedly tries to find stardom, and narrowly avoids being eaten by annoyed circus animals.
While readers will likely enjoy Hamweenie's willingness to dream big and challenge himself to fulfill said dreams, they will likely also appreciate Bowman's gentle emphasis that it's always possible to come home at the end of the day. It's a nice reminder on the possibilities that happen when you spread your wings, especially if you have a foundation to bring you home at the end of the day.
The story is nicely accentuated by Bowman's quirky, offbeat drawings. Readers will likely appreciate Hamweenie's energy as he leaps literally from page to page, and how the drawings bring one cat's small dreams of stardom, onto a delightfully large stage.
Bottom line: This is a fun, zany book that will likely delight young readers everywhere.