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Chris Van Allsburg, "The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie"

From two-time Caldecott winner Chris Van Allsburg, creator of Jumanji and The Polar Express, comes 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.


Chris Van Allsburg is the winner of two Caldecott Medals, for Jumanji and The Polar Express, as well as the recipient of a Caldecott Honor Book for The Garden of Abdul Gasazi. The author and illustrator of numerous picture books for children, he has also been awarded the Regina Medal for lifetime achievement in children’s literature. In 1982, Jumanji was nominated for a National Book Award and in 1996, it was made into a popular feature film. Chris Van Allsburg was formerly an instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design.


This event is free.  Please call the store for availability- (203) 245-3959.




Additional Information:

  • 10% of all proceeds will be donated to E.C. Scranton Memorial Library.
  • Mr. Van Allsburg will personalize.
  • He will only sign books, no memorabilia.
  • Mr. Van Allsburg will sign up to four books, ONE of those four can be brought from home.
  • No posed photography.
Event Date: 
Friday, November 14, 2014 - 5:30pm EST
Event address: 
E.C. Scranton Memorial Library
801 Boston Post Road
06443 Madison