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Posted January 21, 2012
I definitely recommend The Feast of the Moon. It stands out from other tales because it has a unique and engaging narrator. Hearing about the world from the hamster’s point of view and reading the folktale-like stories the hamster tells was a blast. The rich imagery and hamster lore in this story makes it easy for the reader to care about the hamster and his friends. Additionally, this book has thrilling adventures, enduring friendships, wit, and wisdom. If you’re looking for a good book to enjoy or to discuss, check this one out.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 12, 2012
I got this book to read to my kids (ages 11, 8 and 5) at night. I remember really liking Watership Down when I was young and by the description, The Feast of the Moon, seemed along those lines. A tale told from the perspective of a hamster sounded like something all three of my kids could enjoy. The story is told really really well. My older two kids read plenty of chapter books, and many current ones seem to dumb down the language, I suppose in an effort to make it more reader friendly? I was very happy that this writer assumes his reader, be they a kid or an adult, has a command of the English language and can read a story laced with descriptive analogies, varied vocabulary and unexpected situations. The hero hamster comes across as a very thoughtful, insightful and yes, "honorable" fellow. My 11 year old actually got impatient waiting for the nightly reading sessions and took the book to read on his own during the day. I'm not a fan of rodents at all, and I came away with a new respect for the little guys. Still not agreeing to buy a hamster, but I would highly recommend buying this book about one.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 11, 2012
I read this book to my nephew. Actually I read the first chapter to him before he went to bed and then read about three or four chapters before I left my brother's home (it was on his Nook). Then I bought my own copy and finished it. I would absolutely recommend the book to other parents. It's probably for older grades because it has clever jokes and sly jabs at adults and society in general, but my nephew is young and he liked it. And I'm not a kid at all and I liked it! Very, very cool ending. I won't ruin it. Everything gets tied up. Children will learn about grief and losing loved ones and most of all how to live with honor and danger (that's a phrase from the book). Buy this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 11, 2012
If I was a child and I was reading this novel I will think to myself what a nice story and I will probably go back and read it every time before I go to sleep. When I was reading it from an adult's point of view, I pictured the hamster as a human being. I felt like the hamster was a true representation of a person. For example there was a situation when he was mad at his sister, and the only thing he thought about was himself and how to save himself. In some parts of the book the hamster reminded me of an egotistical human being who wants to take but does not want to give. In the case of the hamster this changes by the end, but how many of us live our lives just like the hamster in the beginning of the book? To make long story short, the book is worth anybody's time no matter the age.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.