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Hampstead the Hamster Reader Reviews

Hampstead the Hamster


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. The cliffhangers at the end of chapters (why is Hampstead upset) really kept Edie’s interest and kept her wanting more.


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. It has a lovely message of making sure you are watching out for others and seeing what you can do to help if someone need it.

Jack Radford

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

I LOVED this book. The hamster is so clever! I really like how the boy makes everybody happy.

Elissa Watkin

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.

This is my review for Hampstead the Hamster and its the first Michael Rosen book I have read.

I really enjoyed the story and thought it was funny but sometimes a bit sad. It also taught me how to treat animals nicely. My favourite character was Hampstead the Hamster and it was funny how he made Leo understand what he wanted to be happy.

The book is a great read for Christmas and I think people will like it as a Christmas present. I am 6 and think girls and boys of any age would love this book. I hope there are more in the series.

Sarah Simmons

Hampstead is my favourite hampster story ever!

I love Hampstead. He's a really fun hampster. I wish I had a hampster like him. I would take him everywhere!

Sarah Simmons

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

How cool! Loved this story!

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

Book Information

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