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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'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
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?
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
Thanks a bunch, Mr Rosen.... the boy now wants a hamster!! Excellent book with a lovely message! Definitely in our permanent collection! Full review
Funny, loveable and great illustrations. Both Jack and I really enjoyed. Full review
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
|Publication date:||4th October 2018|
|Publisher:||Andersen Press Ltd|
|Suitable for:||5+ readers, 7+ readers|
|Recommendations:||Julia Eccleshare's Picks|
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 ...More About Michael Rosen
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