A Hen in the Wardrobe
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A Hen in the Wardrobe

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Ramzi's dad is acting very strangely. He climbs trees in the middle of the night, and even goes into Ramzi's wardrobe looking for a hen. The trouble is, he's sleepwalking because he's homesick for his native Algeria. So Ramzi, Dad, and Mum go back to Dad's Berber village in the desert region of North Africa, and Ramzi meets his Berber grandmother and cousins, and even brav...more
Paperback, 151 pages
Published February 2nd 2012 by Frances Lincoln Children's Books

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Medeia Sharif
Ramzi’s father is doing strange things when he sleepwalks—hence the title “A Hen in the Wardrobe,” since his father is looking for that during one of his nightly excursions. Wanting to help, Ramzi finds a doctor, and it's determined that the sleepwalking stems from homesickness. They make a trip from England to Algeria to cure him, and the sleepwalking does stop when he’s there. Ramzi meets relatives and has adventures, but when the inevitability of going back home hits him, there’s the issue of...more
As posted on Outside of a Dog:

Home is where the heart is, they say, but what happens when your heart is in more than one place? For Ramzi’s father, Mr. Ramadan, this causes quite a problem in Wendy Meddour’s debut novel, A Hen in the Wardrobe. Poor Mr. Ramadan is acutely homesick, you see, and because of this has begun sleepwalking again, leading him to unfortunate and frankly hilarious situations such as searching for the title hen in his son’s wardrobe and climbing a tree as an endangered snow...more
Amy (Turn the Page)
Review originally posted at Mostly Reading YA

Multicultural children’s books can, sadly, be difficult to find. A Hen in the Wardrobe is a fun, easy read for children, and despite its quirky title, is, at heart, about mixed families, cultural differences, community and acceptance. There are also some nice little spot illustrations by the author dotted throughout.

Ramzi lives happily with his mother and father in England. But lately Ramzi’s father has been sleepwalking, a sign of just how much he ha...more
Fleur Hitchcock
I'm not going to give this book stars - because it isn't that kind of book. I very much enjoyed it, and I think it's a fantastic window, particularly at the moment, into Algeria. Wendy Meddour paints brilliant people in a brilliant landscape. Full of warmth and love. A good read for children wanting to know more about multicultural Britain.
Belinda Benn
I really enjoyed sharing this book with my two children. We were drawn to the characters from Chapter 1 and the entertaining plot kept us interested all the way through. Highly recommend as an entertaining family read. Book 2 of this series, The Black Cat Detectives, is even better.
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