Title: Time Travelling with a Hamster
Author: Ross Welford
Genre: Humour, science-fiction, children’s fiction
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s
Pages: 335 pages
Publication Date: 31st March 2016
My Rating: 4/5
Here’s my review of Time Travelling with a Hamster by Ross Welford:
I received a free copy of this book by the book’s publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Albert Einstein Hawking Chaudhury or ‘Al’ for short, has witnessed his Dad dying twice. Well, at least sort of. Following the death of his father, Al receives a letter informing him of a time travel machine his Dad had created. His Dad feels Al needs to know this information now he is twelve years old in order to travel back in time and attempt to save his life. But does time travel really work? After all, how much can a few wires, an Apple MacBook, a rusty old tub and a hamster change the world?
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this quirky children’s book. The book focuses heavily upon the Chaudhury family and their numerous stories and adventures. Life has already changed considerably for Al since his the arrival of his stepfather Steve and his annoying daughter Carly. But will time travel to the 1980s make things better or worse for Al? Meddling with time is never easy and Grandpa Byron, his wise grandfather who knows of his fathers meddling and definitely doesn’t approve. With a twelve year old trying to save his father, what could possibly go wrong? It’s sort of inevitable that everything isn’t exactly going to go smoothly or exactly to plan. There’s one thing for sure, it’s an incredible adventure!
This book is unlike any other children’s book I have ever read. It’s quirky, intriguing and a whole lot of fun! The whole concept of the book is extremely well thought through and is executed well. The language in the book at times is a little too childish but would be a good read for 8 year olds +. Some brilliant humour and wit in this book which children will most definitely enjoy. A superb book which children won’t want to miss!
If you would like to purchase a copy of this book, please do so from your local booksellers. However, if you would like an online alternative, you can do so here: Amazon UK or Waterstones. These are only a few ideas of places you can get the book from, so please don’t restrict yourself to merely these!
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