If I Had a Gryphon

If I Had a Gryphon
Vikki VanSickle, Cale Atkinson
2016—Tundra Books
Ages 3 to 7, Grades P to 2

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Unicorns and hippogriffs and krakens! Oh my! 

If I Had a Gryphon by Vikki Vansickle and Cale Atkinson is an adorable picture book that is—literally—not of this world. 

When Sam gets a hamster for a pet, she is not really that excited. Hamsters don’t do all that much, and she wishes for a pet with more exotic powers….something like….a unicorn (with a silky mane), a gryphon (with flashing feathers), or a sasquatch (with burly, curly fur). 

The problem is, though, that these mythical creatures come with some challenges of their own. Chupacabras like to bite!

Sam comes to realize that her boring old hamster is probably a perfect pet for her...and maybe not so boring after all.

The illustrations for this creative tale are so cute, and they show off the powers and problems of each mythical creature with perfect pitch.

If I Had a Gryphon is a fun gateway to learning about mythical creatures and might inspire some creative Halloween costumes, too.

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