Title: Lulu and the Hamster in the Night
Author: Hilary McKay
Illustrator: Pricilla Lamont
Publisher: Albert Whitman and Company
Summary: Lulu loves animals, all kinds of animals. One day she rescues a hamster from a big girl at school who was going to get rid of it because it bit her. Lulu took the hamster home and trained it to be friendly. But then she was invited to spend the night at her grandma’s house with her cousin, Mellie. Lulu wanted to go to Nan’s house, but she didn’t want to leave her new hamster alone. So Lulu and Mellie secretly bring the hamster to Nan’s house. That night, the hamster escapes and gets caught inside the walls of Nan’s house. Luckily for the girls, Nan’s cats know exactly where the hamster is at all times and a policeman showed them how to make a trap to catch the hamster with a bucket, a scarf, and some carrot pieces. Nan and the girls stay in the garden waiting for the hamster to crawl into the trap but they fall asleep and the hamster takes all the carrot pieces away and goes back to his own cage to sleep!
Literary Merit: Good storytelling with rich vocabulary and realistic adventure.
Kid Appeal: Animal lovers will enjoy this story. The story is easy to follow with lots of details and interesting characters. Everyone will love Nan as much as Lulu and Mellie.
Disclaimer: This book was nominated for the 2015 CYBILS Award in the Early Chapter Book category. This review is shared as part of the Round One Judging. It is solely my own opinion and not influenced by any other parties.