My Zombie Hamster, by Havelock McCreely | Book Spotlight
The Children’s Book Review | August 28, 2014
By Havelock McCreely.
Age Range: 8-12
Hardcover: 208 pages
“Think Shaun of the Dead for a middle-school crowd.”—Publishers Weekly
“The perfect pick for readers who are interested in zombie action, but who are not ready for gore.”—School Library Journal
“Packed with references to action and sf movies, this comic horror zips along like a fluffy little rodent in an exercise ball. Minor gore will please Goosebumps fans.”—Booklist
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! This series combines middle-school readers’ passions: humor, animals, and scary stories, into one unbeatable package.
Ages 8-12 | Publisher: EgmontUSA | July 8, 2014 | ISBN-13: 978-1606844915
About the Author
Havelock MacCreely is an enigma wrapped in a conundrum. A self-styled narrator of far-fetched stories, MacCreely insists he is a hundred and fifty years old. In 1890 he joined a joined a traveling circus that toured across the plains of Africa. he was 13 at the time. He celebrated the centenary of 1900 in London catching the master criminal Dr Horatio Silverpike, and insists he is the true-life inspiration for Sherlock Holmes and Gandalf the Grey.
After catching Silverpike, he headed back to Africa and discovered the true source of the Nile and also the Fountain of Youth. He then traveled across Europe and discovered a race of psychic polar bears. He helped them defeat an invading army of Norse Giants, but was unfortunately wounded in the battle. He moved to America where he lived for a while in the town of Boring, Oregon. Unfortunately, the town didn’t live up to its name and he helped foil an alien invasion before finally settling in Goblintown Va, where he currently lives and spends his time writing his far-fetched tales.