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Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite
Shumi is a dwarf grey hamster who lives in a faraway country. His owner is Ellie whose eyes are the color of green jelly. She also has a fat orange cat named Pat. Shumi accidentally discovered what Pat does at nighttime. When Shumi asked Pat if he could join the fun, Pat became jealous and developed a plan. He sought revenge and caused damage to a treasured piece of furniture. Ellie’s father assumed Shumi caused the damage, and he threatened to find a new pet for her. Shumi decided to run away and found new friends and adversaries in Purple City. An exciting adventure with breathtaking moments ensues! Author Denisa Rosca has crafted an entertaining children’s book in Shumi the Dwarf Hamster.
This children’s book has many wonderful features. Every character has distinctive qualities – Ellie is loving and kind; Pat the cat shows a range of emotions from anger to kindness; Neon Green Beast invokes strong fear. The illustrations by Adela Maria Calistru are delightful and add a special touch to this magical tale. The use of colors in both the text and the drawings contributes to the cognitive and visual understanding and imaginations of children, and the adults who read this book out loud to them. Rhyming verses are another fun aspect. Perhaps the best feature of all is the complexity of the story. There are many intriguing characters, several diverse settings, and extraordinary moments. The enchanting children’s book, Shumi the Dwarf Hamster, written by Denisa Rosca, will charm children over and over again.