This review is reposted for archival purposes. The original review can be found at: The Reynolds Mom
Sunshine’s Night Out is an adorable book about a girl and her hamster who escapes from her cage and goes on a little adventure in the night. Written by a brother/sister team, Kyle Strickland provided the storyline, and illustrations are by Carly Strickland.This brand new children’s book is based on the real story of the illustrator’s own hamster that went missing one night but did eventually return. This picture book has very few words, so you get to really enjoy the beautiful illustrations and imagine your own scenario for Sunshine the hamster. This simple storyline is certainly great fun for young children, and will definitely keep their attention. Animals are always fascinating for children anyway, but the illustrations really bring the story to life in a way that is easy for them to understand what is going on.Buddy and I stopped by a new pet store this morning before heading in to the grocery store, and happened to see a few hamsters. Buddy saw many new animals he’s never seen in person before. You could see the fascination in his eyes as every critter walked about it’s domain. When I told Buddy I had a new book for him that was about a hamster, he was thrilled! Because we had seen a real hamster already, he knew what I was talking about and was so excited to check out this new book. Now, I’m pretty picky when it comes to kids books, but my almost 3-year-old and I thoroughly LOVED this book. This is probably one of only a few picture books I’ve ever sat with him to “read” and make up my own words and comedic expressions. I never thought a picture book could be so fun!It’s great to be able to freely interpret this story as you go, and create a different experience every time you go through the book. I actually got a couple huge belly laughs from Buddy, which is hard to do without tickling him like crazy. He thought it was hilarious when Sunshine fell from her cage and went “Plop!” on the ground. I know he likes it a lot because he was glued to the book the whole time and actually sat through the whole thing!
The Verdict: Beautifully done, and perfect for the little kids in your life! Instead of a bunch of toys that won’t last very long this Christmas, get Sunshine’s Night Out and have a blast with your kids over and over again!
Price: Sunshine’s Night Out in paperback – $12.99Buy It: Buy Sunshine’s Night Out on Amazon.com!
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