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There's a Hamster in My Pocket - Francesca Ewart

There's a Hamster in My Pocket

By: Francesca Ewart, Helen Bate (Illustrator)

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Laugh-out-loud tale about pets, deadly curses and eccentric families

Yosser's having a worrying summer. Her family's shop is struggling and Auntie Shabnam is coming to stay to sort things out. Which means Yosser has to share a room with Nani! And while Yosser is desperately jealous of all her friend Kylie's pets, Kylie's family are not without problems either. Her mum is about to turn 40 and her big brother Sniper is behaving very suspiciously indeed. And when Yosser discovers a mysterious box among Nani's things, she begins to suspect that it is at the root of all the bad luck. Can Yosser and Kylie get to the bottom of Sniper's strange behaviour, find the perfect present for Kylie's mum, solve the mystery of the locked wooden box and all without losing Kylie's hamsters?

  • Follow-up to Sita, Snake-Queen of Speed (ISBN 9781845077488), which was selected for the Summer
  • Reading Challenge, and featured in over 95% of UK libraries
  • Perfect for everyone who loved Bill's New Frock and The Diary of a Killer Cat by Anne Fine
About The Author

FRANZESKA G EWART began her career teaching in a primary school in Glasgow. Then she got the chance to teach in Pakistan. She works with many groups, teaching English using shadow puppets, and has written several books about her teaching experiences. She lives in Glasgow, Scotland.

About The Illustrator

HELEN BATE is an exciting and versatile illustrator, who previously qualified as an architect. Her work for Frances Lincoln includes the Purple Class stories by Sean Taylor and Sita, Snake-Queen of Speed, also by Franzeska Ewart. She is also the publisher of Pictures to Share, a series of illustrated books for people with dementia. Her picture book ABC UK (ISBN 9781847800763) by James Dunn was nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal. She currently lives in Cheshire.

Industry Reviews

'There's a Hamster in my Pocket' fairly fizzes off the page. No one better captures the realism of urban children's lives and weaves it with their inner worlds to such sparkling effect. || This is a buzzy good read, full of funny twists and turns that end up well. || A very funny story with just enough suspense to keep the reader's attention. The characters are believable and children readily identify withtheir worries. A good book for children setting out to read chapter stories by themselves. || A great read with short, illustrated chapters always ending on a cliffhanger and a neat, satisfying ending. || The book says a lot for friendship between the two different cultures as well as for family dynamics - what the children fear often turns out for the best, if only they new it! The ending of the book satisfies all parties, and will be enjoyed by readers. || Examines friendship through mystery, humour and a menagerie of animals. (Shortlisted for 2011 Scottish Children's Book Awards) || For newly confident readers, 'There's a Hamster in My Pocket' is just about perfect - a laugh-out-loud tale about pets, deadly curses and eccentric families.

ISBN: 9781847801180
ISBN-10: 1847801188
Audience: Children
For Ages: 7 - 8 years old
For Grades: 2 - 3
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 96
Published: 6th January 2011
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 0.64
Weight (kg): 0.09