The World According To Humphrey

Paperback | May 5, 2005

byBetty G. Birney

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The first book in the series about everyone's favorite classroom pet!

You can learn a lot about life by observing another species. That’s what Humphrey was told when he was first brought to Room 26. And boy, is it true! In addition to having FUN-FUN-FUN in class, each weekend this amazing hamster gets to sleep over with a different student, like Lower-Your-Voice-A.J. and Speak-Up-Sayeh. Soon Humphrey learns to read, write, and even shoot rubber bands (only in self-defense, of course). With lots of friends to help, adventures to enjoy, and a cage with a lock-that-doesn’t- lock, Humphrey's life is almost perfect. If only the teacher, Mrs. Brisbane, wasn’t out to get him!

Boys and girls can't help falling in love with Humphrey!

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The first book in the series about everyone's favorite classroom pet!You can learn a lot about life by observing another species. That’s what Humphrey was told when he was first brought to Room 26. And boy, is it true! In addition to having FUN-FUN-FUN in class, each weekend this amazing hamster gets to sleep over with a different stud...

Betty G. Birney has won many awards for writing for television, including an Emmy, three Humanitas Prizes, and a Writers Guild of America Award, and she won the Christopher Award for Friendship According to Humphrey. In addition to the Humphrey series, she is the author of The Seven Wonders of Sassafrass Springs and The Princess and th...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 7.75 × 5.06 × 0.38 inPublished:May 5, 2005Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0142403520

ISBN - 13:9780142403525

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute Story From an Observant Hamster The World According to Humphrey is a cute story of Humphrey the hamster who lives in room 26 at an elementary school. It is fun for kids to see the world from his point of view, and with quirky sense of humour. Humphrey is a curious hamster with some fun insights. He tries to help those around them and is always coming up with Plans. Though there is an overall story, each chapter is almost like its own vignette about Humphrey's life in school and the weekends where he goes home with the kids. This book will appeal to both boys and girls in about the grade 2-4 range, especially those who like animals.
Date published: 2012-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My son is obsessed I had bought a handful of books to read to my 5 year old son while camping. Of all the books this is the one that grabbed him the most. My son is about to start kindergarten and does not like anything with slightest hint of scary bits. So while this book suited his needs what I appreciate is the gentle lessons in understanding human emotions and interactions. I also like that it introduced him to the dynamics of school. The only slightly inconvenient side-effect is that there is now much talk about us buying a hamster.
Date published: 2011-07-21

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Editorial Reviews

"A likable hamster narrates this novel for newly independent readers….Birney succeeds in developing the animal’s character without the narrative becoming too cute or contrived. Humphrey's views underscore the importance of knowing the full story before making judgments, and his presence makes a positive difference in the lives of the people he meets. All in all, a winning book that will appeal to children who like tales about animals, school life, and friendship."—School Library Journal"The story deftly avoids triteness while still feeling breezy and acknowledging deeply felt troubles, such as Mrs. Brisbane's husband’s depression. The pet-care tips punctuating each chapter would benefit any youngster thinking about getting a hamster, but for everyone else, this read is simply good-good-good."—Kirkus Reviews