Chris Van Allsburg on “The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie”

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt just released a video featuring two-time Caldecott winner, Chris Van Allsburg, talking about his new book, The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie, a “poignant story of one hamster’s struggle with destiny.

Being a pet store hamster isn’t much fun for Sweetie Pie, but life in human homes proves downright perilous. As Sweetie Pie longingly gazes out of his cage at the squirrels frolicking in the trees, he wonders if he’ll ever have the chance to feel the wind in his fur. Allsburg’s expressive, soft-hued illustrations artfully capture a hamster’s-eye view of the wide and wonderful world where maybe, just maybe, Sweetie Pie could someday run free.

The video features Van Allsburg explaining Sweetie Pie’s story and he also shares the transformation of one panel from initial sketch to final art. The book is scheduled for a November 4, 2014 release, which offers plenty of time to share the video on social media and take preorders.

The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie by Chris Van Allsburg (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers, ISBN 9780547315829, November 4, 2014)

Beth Golay

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