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Hampstead the Hamster

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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 M.B.E

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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.

Well it’s the end of September and we are well and truly into the Christmas spirit. Edie (5) and myself have just finished Hampstead the Hamster by Michael Rosen. Edie was very impressed because ‘it’s a big girl’s book.’ I think that means that it wasn’t in colour. I thought this was a brilliant read for kids. I really liked the fact that Leo’s dad is a single parent and think it’s about time that this was represented more in literature. Edie also loved the pop culture references to the Famous Five, Fantastic Mr Fox and The Wizard of Oz. She is big fan of both books and we had to watch the film after reading. The story is great with lots of pictures.... Read Full Review


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

Great illustrations! Hampstead was William's favourite of the characters and on the whole, we enjoyed the story. It was a little on the long side for a bedtime book but honestly, we didn't mind as it is such a lovely story. We are glad Hampstead got his Christmas wish in the end.... Read Full Review


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

I LOVED this book. The hamster is so clever!... Read Full Review

Jack Radford