The World According to Humphrey (Humphrey Series #1)

The World According to Humphrey (Humphrey Series #1)

by Betty 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!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142403525
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 08/28/2005
Series: Humphrey Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 21,944
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 670L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 11 Years

About the Author

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 the Peabody's. She grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, where her parents grew up as neighbors on Humphrey Street. Her website,, is full of fun Humphrey activities and information.

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Chapter 1: The Return of Mrs. Brisbane

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Copyright © 2005 Betty G. Birney.
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"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

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The World According to Humphrey 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 148 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this with my 5th grader.We laughed and read this great book together!!Cant wait to read the next book in series!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
My 8 year old granddaughter started reading the Humphrey books. I started to read the first one and could not stop. I have read them all. These are wonderful books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book, not only is Humphrey one of the best characters in chapter books for younger students, but it is a wonderful book about the different personalities and families in a classroom. I highly recommend this book and the whole series for children and adults!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book keeps you reading and reading. It shows moderen day life in a hamsters eyes. You would be suprised by what you learn from a little guy like Humphrey.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would give it 5 paws up. The only disadvantage is it is i BIT short
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a true delight. Humphrey allowed us a peek into his world. He has some wonderful adventures and shares his insight about what he sees and learns. This book has an engaging storyline and enjoyable characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a previous sunshine state 4 those sunny state readers it was an amazing book it was about Humphrey the class hamster but the teacher leaves and mrs brisbane is the new teacher she wants to get rid of Humphrey so he tries to be good also the kids get to take him home 4 the weekend and teaches the kids lessons like dont waste your life in front of a tv screen and dont be scared to show your voice mrs brisbane likes him at the end and they live happily ever after
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you don't like it you have the wrong book
Guest More than 1 year ago
Told from the point of view of the classroom hamster, very cute. My 4th grade son read this book to me for his home reading. Very entertaining to both of us.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was really awesome!!!!!! I loved it because it was so funny and creative!!!!:)
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is one of the best books i have ever read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I read it for a book report and liked it so much that I read it again and again! The story is told by the little hamster, Humphrey, who lives in a classroom. It's a fun book and easy to read because it's interesting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this book is really cute! I have a dog, four birds and alot of fish and now I want a hamster.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am 9 years old and I love hamsters. This book was really cute. Humphrey is really lovable. I enjoyed reading this book so much that I want to own a copy for myself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book!!!! It is really really really good!!!!!!!! Humpheryis so funny and he is very curious. He solves mysterys!!! He also is a great classroom hamster!!!!! Also he and his friend Aldo are great buds!!!!!!he is a good pet and this book is really good!!!!!! I really recomend this book for animal/ adventure book!!!!!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter loves this book.  She tells me different stories from the book, and it cracks me up!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You usually don't hear a hamster's point of view ,or just don't want to, that will change after you hear Humphrey.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think if kids like romance and kidness and usually pets they would probably love this book i gave this book to my daughter she read the series in 1-2 weeks she loved this series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book i like it a lot read other books in series too H Okay I Love Thos Boook Hamster Umm... awesome! Most adventerous Perfection Handsome Entertaining Rad Yeah!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Humphey,class hamster,is scared when his faveorite teacher t leaves to exprole Braizil.But as you read this book you will disscover how he feels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazzzing it has funny charicters like a.j and humphry and the janitor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book it is soooooooo good i couldnt stop reading it