Steven Kroll, Patches Lost and Found (Amazon Children’s Publishing, 2001)
Full disclosure: this book was provided to me free of charge by Amazon Vine.
This is another one I liked a great deal better than the Bean does so far, and may be too old for him yet. Jenny, who loves to draw pictures, is given an assignment to write a story in class and can’t think of anything to write about. When she gets home, her mother informs her that her hamster Patches is missing. (You can see how these dovetail.) There’s some good stuff here about various forms of creativity, and while the ending is a little on the deus ex machina side, I can’t really fault the book for that. I found it quite enjoyable and will keep trying to pitch it to the Bean until he grows into it. *** ½