I recently read the book The Great Hamster Massacre by Katie Davies and illustrated by Hannah Shaw which was mentioned on The Picnic Basket. This is the review that I gave the book (I am not being paid to give this review):
I thought this book would be a cute book for older elementary students and early middle school students. The title is definitely appealing to students and the illustrations and fonts in the book make this a fun book to read.
As for the story, it was an okay story but I’m afraid students may get bored with it before the story ends. I was disappointed by the ending because I felt it was a little flat. When I have my students write, I encourage them to have a conclusion and I felt this story lacked a conclusion. The title and parts of the story lead to the Great Hamster Massacre and then when it happens; it seemed kind of a letdown because it seemed to be mentioned in passing.
I would give this book a 3 out of 5.
Posted on the Successful Teaching Blog by loonyhiker (successfulteaching at gmail dot com).