The World According to Humphrey

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The World According to Humphrey

By Betty G. Birney

Puffin Books, Paperback, 9780142403525, 144pp.

Publication Date: May 5, 2005

Description
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


About the Author
Betty G. Birney has written episodes for numerous children s television shows, including Madeline, Doug, and Bobby s World, as well as after-school specials and a television movie, Mary Christmas. She has won many awards for her work, including an Emmy, three Humanitas Prizes, a Writers Guild of America Award, and the Christopher Award. In addition to the Humphrey books, she is the author of The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs and The Princess and the Peabodys. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Betty G. Birney lives in Los Angeles with her husband, an actor.


Praise For The World According to Humphrey

"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