The World According to Humphrey

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Penguin, May 5, 2005 - Juvenile Fiction - 144 pages
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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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Review: The World According to Humphrey (According to Humphrey #1)

User Review  - Ben - Goodreads

I read Humphrey to my 7 year old as a bed time story. This is an excellent series of books It's written from the first person perspective of Humphrey, a classroom hamster, who spends time observing ... Read full review

Review: The World According to Humphrey (According to Humphrey #1)

User Review  - A-Team - Goodreads

This was a good book to read as a family. Read full review

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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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