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Return of the Hungry Hamster (Undead Pets) Paperback – 3 Sep 2012
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About the Author
Sam Hay grew up in Scotland. A former journalist, she has written several children’s books including Billy Angel and Bumble the Brave Kitten. She lives with her husband, two children and several pets in a small house with a big garden.
Simon Cooper has illustrated many children’s books, including the award-winning Ghost of Uncle Arvie. As well as drawing, he enjoys loud music and zombie films.
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I thought this was a great read. Even as an adult, there were bits that I thought were very funny and the illustrations only added to the enjoyment of reading the book. There's a fair amount of snot, eyeballs that fall out and other laughably gross things but I didn't think it was overly scary despite the subject matter.
It might not be the ideal book for sensitive children as we do find out the circumstances of Dumpling's death! On the whole though, very enjoyable and gross (but in a good way)
The illustration, whilst quaint, is very well done and has a deep sense of sophistication from its simplistic roots. I think the same is true of the words used in the book; the writer does a very good job of telling us this story, ladened with tone and texture whilst efficiently using a clear everyday vocabulary.
The zombie hamster, on the cover, is a cute, if disgusting character. Not at all scary. The only upsetting thought, is that it used to be a live pet hamster, who's history is revealed in the story.
In amongst the jokes, is explained some of the realities of being a hamster owner. Their nocturnal lifestyle, short lifespan, and tendancy to be sucked into vaccuum cleaners.
The illustrations are helpful and give your brain a bit of a rest, if you are having trouble putting the book down. As an adult, I was hooked from the first page and read it through in about an hour.
This isn't a great work of classic literature, nor is it very likely to be re-read, but I bet you a tube of smarties, that your children will ask for the next book in the series when they finish.
Totally recommended for any non-hamster owner. For hamster owners, be a little cautious.
I would say the book is aimed at 8-9 and upwards depending on reading age and level and confidence. I feel its easy to read and in general well written, if you enjoy things a little darker and have a good sense of humour ( and maybe no pets lol) then i think you and most children will enjoy this book.
i wont go into the story as many reviews already have but in all i would say its a great little book for a good night time read if youre looking for something a little more how shall i say ........odd !
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