Apr 17, 2014

Review: My Zombie Hamster

My Zombie Hamster
My Zombie Hamster by Havelock McCreely

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


A laugh-out-loud funny middle-grade debut with a scary twist, My Zombie Hamster will appeal to readers who like their animal stories mixed with chills. Fans of R.L. Stine's Goosebumps Most Wanted series will grab this one right up.

Matt Hunter and his buddies are looking forward to Christmas--actually, they're looking forward to receiving the latest sword-and-fantasy video game. But Matt's parents have other thoughts--they give him a fluffy little mammal, a hamster called Snuffles, for the holiday. And his grandmother makes it worse by giving him a hamster cage and wheel. But the hamster isn't all that cute--at least not after part of its cheek and belly fall right off--without bothering it a bit! And why is it staring at Matt with black beady eyes and a lean and hungry look?

Say hello to Anti-Snuffles, the zombie hamster! Or better yet, run!

REVIEW: 5 *****

I loved this hilariously spooky book I received free from the publisher to provide an honest review for. I hoped my son would find it as funny as a zombie goldfish book he recently read, but this story was a little scary for younger kids who are afraid of zombies. It is quite funny for mid grade readers because it is more humorous than scary. The characters have become used to living a "normal" life (TV, water, food, homes, school, etc) inside the city walls. The "deadbeats" or zombies live outside the walls. All is safe and settled into "normal".

Young Matt and his friends were looking forward to receiving sword / fantasy games to play together until Matt's parents decided to surprise him with a pet hamster. His grandma contributed with a hamster care. Matt is not only quite disappointed, but he comes to find out the hamster was bought without the chip every human & pet has in them that notifies the authorities of they become a zombie & need immediately picked up!

Needless to say, one thing leads to another & Matt finds himself with a zombie hamster on his hands who seems to be recruiting all of the animals (pets too) into some sort of animal zombie force. Matt and his friends try to solve the problem to prevent his father getting in trouble & all goes to woop.

In the mist of all of the action he & his hang of knuckle head buddies get into trying to save the town, there are plenty of laughs, lessons, and lots of imaginative goings on to fill a youngster's mind.

Fully of fun, adventure, humorous observations from Matt's original point of view and some genuine friendship & heroism too. A+ writing with so many laughs.

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