It’s Christmas time and there’s one present that Leo wants more than anything else…a pet hamster. When Leo creeps into the room with the Christmas tree on Christmas morning he is thrilled to see that Father Christmas has delivered. Unfortunately, his new pet is far less thrilled, in fact the poor little thing looks completely down in the dumps. Despite offerings of food, the telling of jokes and listening to dad’s singing, nothing seems to be cheering up Hampstead (a name acquired as a result of predictive text misinterpreting Leo’s attempt at spelling hamster). Can Leo come up with a way to lift Hampstead’s spirits?
This is a lovey Christmas read and shows the joy that is found in both giving and receiving presents at Christmas time. It also highlights the importance of knowing how to look after your pet properly and understanding its needs. Two things that I really liked about this book were that the family consists of just Leo and his dad. It is refreshing to read a book that has this family dynamic. The family are BAME characters, again very refreshing. With short chapters, illustrations on every page and rarely more than half a page of text, often less than half a page, this is the perfect read for children who are beginning to read chapter books.
A heart-warming and happy Christmassy read, particularly suited to any child who has ever wanted a pet.
Recommended for 5+.