This was scheduled to be the first review by the Little Junkee, aka my offspring, since she’s now in the 4th grade and has to do “book advertising” for her ELA class at school. I thought it would be perfect to lead up to little features on the blog, since she has expressed interest in reviewing. Video reviews of course. Who needs to type? But, four hours of homework later and this got moved down the list. But, she did read TIME TRAVELING WITH A HAMSTER (with me) and told me about it, so I would like to preface the review with this. This is my nine-year old’s view of TIME TRAVELING WITH A HAMSTER by Ross Welford. I think her views are more pertinent than mine since this book was perfect for her.
The book is about a young boy who loses his father and goes on a time traveling adventure with his hamster. The book did take a long time to build-up to the action, so while she found it hopeful to keep on reading (getting to the time travel part) her attention sometimes waned when it took a lot of reading to get to it.
I personally found the book well-written and cute, but again for the little one with a stack of books sitting there waiting for her, she wanted to get to the action. I think it was because the plot and science of the book was actually very complex, which worked for me, but for a young Middle Grade reader who wants to be entertained, they might be looking for more action. When we broke the book out and I read it with her, she got more into it because it was us doing it together. And it was fun for me, because I actually really enjoyed the story. And we got to talk about the logistics of it and the difference between English and American lifestyle that is brought up in the book.
Overall, I enjoyed TIME TRAVELING WITH A HAMSTER by Ross Welford and found it to be a great and different Middle Grade read. I would recommend it for a young reader that is looking to step out of the usual big series.
I received this book for free from Tour Host in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Time Traveling with a Hamster by Ross WelfordPublished by Schwartz & Wade on October 4th 2016
Genres: MIDDLE GRADE
Source: Tour Host
Back to the Future meets The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in this original, poignant, race-against-time story about a boy who travels back to 1984 to save his father’s life. My dad died twice. Once when he was thirty-nine and again four years later, when he was twelve. On his twelfth birthday, Al Chaudhury receives a letter from his dead father. It directs him to the bunker of their old house, where Al finds a time machine (an ancient computer and a tin bucket). The letter also outlines a mission: travel back to 1984 and prevent the go-kart accident that will eventually take his father’s life. But as Al soon discovers, whizzing back thirty years requires not only imagination and courage, but also lying to your mom, stealing a moped, and setting your school on fire—oh, and keeping your pet hamster safe. With a literary edge and tons of commerical appeal, this incredible debut has it all: heart, humor, vividly imagined characters, and a pitch-perfect voice.