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Hampstead the Hamster

Written by Michael Rosen

Illustrated by Tony Ross

Featured Books for 5+ readers Featured Books for 7+ readers Humorous

LoveReading View on Hampstead the Hamster

A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2018

Everyone who has ever had a pet will love this funny and charming story about a little boy and the hamster he gets for Christmas. Leo needs cheering up and, with Christmas coming, he takes the opportunity to ask for the one thing that he thinks will make him happy: a pet hamster. Luckily, Dad has Father Christmas’s number on his phone so Leo can order it direct – and get some help from spell-check! But when the hamster comes Leo can see that his new pet is not altogether happy. Hampstead the Hamster needs a present too!

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

Other Info

Julia Eccleshare's Picks for November 2018: 

Mince Spies by Sophie Corrigan

Hampstead the Hamster by Michael Rosen

The Antlered Ship by Dashka Slater

Atlas Adventures: Wonders of the World by Ben Handicott

Helen Oxenbury: A Life in Illustration by Leonard S. Marcus

The Dog that Saved Christmas by Nicola Davies


Hampstead the Hamster Synopsis

Christmas is coming, and what Leo wants more than anything in the world is a pet hamster. And guess what? He gets one on Christmas morning! Leo names his new pet Hampstead, after an autocorrect mistake on his wishlist. Everything is great, that is until Leo realises that Hampstead is miserable. What can Leo do to cheer Hampstead up?

Hampstead the Hamster Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

Lovely book. Great pictures, fun story. Particularly liked the fact that Leo’s dad was a single parent. I think this is particularly important to recognise in Christmas stories. Full review

Edith (Age 5)

Thanks a bunch, Mr Rosen.... the boy now wants a hamster!! Excellent book with a lovely message! Definitely in our permanent collection! Full review

William (Age 6)

Funny, loveable and great illustrations. Both Jack and I really enjoyed. Full review

Jack Radford (Age 6)

Our daughter read this book on her own and she loved it and the characters involved. It's a great Christmas story that gives you a feel-good factor. Definitely worth buying for younger readers 5-10 approx. Full review

Elissa Watkin (Age 6)

Hampstead is my favourite hampster story ever! Full review

Sarah Simmons (Age 5)

I had a brilliant time reading this story. It made me giggle. I borrowed it from my brother's bookshelf (don't tell Teddy!). Full review

Sarah Simmons (Age 6)

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781783447329
Publication date: 04/10/2018
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781783447329
Publication date: 4th October 2018
Author: Michael Rosen
Illustrator: Tony Ross
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 80 pages
Suitable for: 5+ readers, 7+ readers
Genres: Humorous
Recommendations: Julia Eccleshare's Picks, Reviewed by Children

About Michael Rosen

Michael Rosen is a hugely bestselling author of picture books and poetry. Michael frequently appears on radio and gives talks and lectures on children’s literature. Michael was the Children’s Laureate for 2007–2009 and the winner of the Eleanor Farjeon Award. He lives in London. Michael Rosen on Michael Rosen:I grew up in the London suburb of Pinner, a place my parents often wondered about. How had we landed there? My parents were teachers, politically committed (socialists), and great storytellers and readers. I was lucky to have found them. Most of my adult life, I've ...

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