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

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  2,655 ratings  ·  366 reviews
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 his classroom escapades, 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 ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published December 5th 2009 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published February 2nd 2004)
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Michael Mccarthy
This is a great book. I really enjoyed reading it for a number of reasons. This book is written from the perspective of a hamster known as Humphrey who is a student in a class known as Room 26. Reading a book from a hamster’s perspective is unusual and I feel this would intrigue a pupil an interest and inspire the pupil to continue reading. At the same it is challenging for a reader to continually read from this perspective and would encourage a child to use their imagination in order to underst ...more
Irene
Aug 26, 2014 Irene rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Kids in Elementary School
Shelves: children
What a delightful read!

Humphrey is a kind, open-minded hamster who makes friends easily. He is fiercely loyal and quick to go out of his way to lend a helping hand - or paw, as Humphrey would say!

Through this first-person narrative from the perspective of a classroom pet, young readers will see that first impressions are not always accurate; that people are multifaceted, and you can't really understand a person until you see all aspects of his/her life; that sometimes, when people have problem
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Shan
Mar 25, 2013 Shan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Every young child
Shelves: children
My 5 year old nephew, in kindergarten, received this book through his elementary school (grades K-2) that is launching a new school program called One School, One book, where every family receives a copy of the same book and are recommended to read a chapter a day for the entire month. This book is a chapter book with no pictures and it was the first time reading a book like this to my nephew. I LOVED this book! Though, I'm not so sure if my nephew shares the same enthusiasm for this book as I d ...more
Michaela C.
This book I can tell was written for younger ages but I still enjoyed it. I thought it was cute and I liked it! Humphrey is a hamster who is smart and helps people who he cares about. His pet owner (teacher) moves to a different school and leaves him there with a new teacher which Humphrey does not like. He has experiences with the students and a janitor. It was a good book and I would recommend it to younger kids. If you have a younger sibling or a cousin this would be a great book to read to t ...more
Brenda
Sep 20, 2010 Brenda rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Children ages 7 to 11 who love animal stories
Shelves: fantasy
First in a series of six books by author Betty Birney, The World According to Humphrey is a very cute story told from the perspective of a hamster. I listened to the audiobook version of this with my son. Humphrey begins his story with Mrs. Mack and a classroom of children who love him. When Mrs. Mack picks him up at the pet store she tells him that he “can learn a lot about yourself by taking care of another species and you’ll teach those children a thing or two.” So when a substitute teacher M ...more
Cassidy
144 pages
by Betty G. Birney

The World According to Humphrey is the first in the Humphrey series. Humphrey is the classroom hamster in Room 26, Mrs. Brisbane's room, at Longfellow School. He is a very smart hamster! He was brought to school by Mrs. Mac, a substitute for Mrs. Brisbane one day. ms. Mac gave him a tiny notebook and pencil before she left. Throughout the book, Humphrey helps different students in Mrs. Brisbane's class (like Speak-Up-Sayeh) when they take him home for the weekend.

I lov
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Nate
The World According to Humphrey is a heart-warming tale that I only recommend to those who are prepared to seriously consider hamster ownership. Humphrey is the class pet of Room 26, and he is the most intelligent and handsome hamster around. The story begins with Humphrey in crisis; the current teacher in Room 26, who bought Humphrey and took him home every night, was actually a long-term sub for Mrs. Brisbane. Mrs. Brisbane is returning after a prolonged absence, and Ms. Mac (the sub), is now ...more
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This was the one district, one book selection my kids brought home from school to read together this year. I love this program, but usually the books they choose are either totally lame, completely boring, or both. (I'm looking at you, The Sixty-Eight Rooms!)

The World According to Humphrey was neither lame, nor boring! It was a blast to read out loud. My second grader hung on every word and got excited in
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Taylor Pantenburg
Have you ever wanted to know how a hamster see's the world that we live in today? Well in The World According to Humphrey that't just what you get to do! I really enjoyed reading this book because of its funny concept on learning how a hamster views our world and how he even learns how to be like us. In this book you read from the perspective of a hamster that was brought to a classroom by a boy, for the students to learn about the lives of other species. Each weekend Humphrey got to go to one o ...more
Jasmine
The name of this book is "The World According to Humphrey." Humphrey is a hamster. There's no illustrator. The author is Betty G. Birney. The time is now. The place that they mostly talk about in the book is the classroom where Humphrey lives. Humphrey is the main character. He is like Ditto except that he has a different pattern on his fur. The teacher is Mrs. Brisbane, who wants to get rid of him. Humphrey is the main character.

For Thanksgiving, he goes to Mrs. Brisbane's house for the weekend
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Kelly Rae
This a cute little story about Humphrey, a young hamster, who is bought by a teacher to help her children learn. Mrs. Mack always says the best way to learn about yourself is to learn about another species.

Humphrey loves Mrs. Mack and staying with her during evenings and weekends with her in her colorful home. He is full of dread when he learns that Mrs. Mack is leaving and is not taking him with him. Humphrey worries as he meets the real teacher who Mrs. Mack had been substituting for and worri
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Caleb
In The World According to Humphrey a lot of exciting things happened. It all starts with woman named Miss Mack. She was a teacher, and she was walking towards a pet store. She decided to get a hamster, and he was named Humphrey. He had a great time with Miss Mack, and was the class room pet. One day Humphrey was told that Miss Mack had to leave. He was very disappointed with this news. The new teacher did not like Humphrey. He was taken home every weekend by one of the students. As the days wen ...more
Karen Arendt
A good story about a classroom from the perspective of the class pet, a hamster named Humphrey. Humphrey gets to see into the lives of several of his classmates, and even his teacher Mrs. Brisbane, through weekend visits. Humphrey is a special hamster, though, because he helps those he visits make positive changes in their lives. A fun read aloud.
Jill Manning
My 6 year old daughter and I just finished reading this book together and it was a perfect introduction to chapter books. She didn't mind that there were no pictures because the story was so fun for her. She wants to find the next book and keep going. It's been really fun to read together.
H
I was dreading reading this Bluestem nominee, but I was pleasantly surprised at the charm of the book. Yes, this story told from the point of view of a classroom hamster is sometimes cloyingly sweet, but the voice of Humphrey reminded me of my favorite fictionsl third grade girl (Clementine) and the story moves fast. I think children in the target for the book (3rd-5th) will really like the little hamster, and the lack of a defined grade will spread the book's appeal (we never find out what grad ...more
Sarah Beneke
What a great book and what a great series!! This is the 2nd Humphrey book that I've read with my kindergartener and we both love them! Humphrey helps the kids and adults to solve problems in their lives and he does it with such common sense and humor! We're looking forward to the 3rd book in the series.
Courtney
During the last week of my student observing Junior year, fall semester, my teacher began to read this book. I only got to hear a chapter of it so I decided that I would read and review this book for FANTASY FICTION. This book is a great book for sharing many laughs as well as experiencing everyday problems that people face. The World According to Humphrey took me through the book through the eyes of Humphrey where he showed us problems that he encountered and problems that his classmates encoun ...more
Kate
Humphrey the hamster is sad - Ms. McNamara, who bought him for the kids of Room 26, is leaving, and Mrs. Brisbane is coming in. And she does not like hamsters. Poor Humphrey, who is used to going home every night to Ms. McNamara's cozy apartment, is now stuck at school in the evenings. Luckily for him, there are friends to be made no matter where he looks... and going home with a different student each weekend is just what the kids need!

My expectations were low for this book (a story about a cla
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Miłośniczka Książek
Świat Pupilków to miejsce, w którym wiele zwierząt, ptaków i rybek z wytęsknieniem wygląda dnia, w którym ktoś je zauważy i przygarnie dając tym samym nowy dom. Wśród nich znajduje się m.in uroczy chomiczek o bystrych oczkach, ruchliwych wąsikach i złocistym futerku. Pewnego dnia do sklepu zagląda panna Milska, która spośród wszystkich jego mieszkańców wybiera owego słodkiego chomika. Bo wiedzieć musicie, że panna Milska miała względem niego poważne plany. Pomyślała sobie, że dzięki niemu jej uc ...more
Caitlin Harmon
In the first book of the series, The World According the Humphrey, Humphrey a hamster who lives in Room 26 learns how to read, write, shoot rubber bands (only in self-defense, of course), turn of TVs, teach English as a second language, and more. He lives in a cage with a lock that doesn't lock and has an adventurous spirit, which leads him to become an unforgettable classroom pet. The topics related to this book include responsibility, understanding differences, language, international studies, ...more
Destani Vanardalen
This book was about a hamster named Humphrey. Humphrey wanted someone to buy him while he lived in a pet shop. Then there was a teacher who bought Humphrey and kept him in her classroom (substite teacher). When the real teacher came back (Mrs. Brisbane) she didn't like Humphrey. So she thought of an idea which was every weekend one kid got to take him home. Mrs. Brisbane started liking Humphrey after a while.
Haruna Saka
Book: )
"The World according to Humphrey"
Puffin Books.

Time: )
2/15=20min, 2/21=70min, 2/22=15min,2/26=28min, 2/27=30min

7 summary: )
Ms. Mac, left, Room26, honored, classmates, Aldo(the person who comes to Room26 everyday to keep classrooms clean, dark, etc.), surprises

My thought: )
How funny this story is! It was more interesting than I expected. And, Humphrey is so cute and clever!:)
I remember that there were some rabbits in my elementary school. (But not in a classroom. )And then, one of the rab
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Travis
My daughter's school assigned this book to be read together as a family. The entire elementary and intermediate school is doing this which I think is pretty awesome! We were supposed to read chapters 1 thru 3 this past week together and we did. But I must confess, I really liked the book and couldn't wait to read the next four chapters which are assigned to be read this coming week. Besides, the book has 15 chapters and I am not certain how long the school will stretch those out. I had to read i ...more
Elaine
Super cute book, the kids loved it! Great message about looking beyond the surface and not judging people by first impressions. I love how different each student is, and how Humphrey learns about each different person and their struggles, and how he tries to help each one.
Supertramp
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Well well well, another book read in just one day! Phew! I am doing good. I bought this book a long time ago. It's been in my guilty pack ( the unread book in my shelf) for a long time. Finally I decided to finish the book because I am not a mood to read big and more thought provoking books. I don't want to read the book which require further research or any other reading. And this just such kind of fun reading. All I need to search is knowing the price of Hamster.

This is about a class-room
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Chad
this book was the best i read in the series of Humphrey.Humphrey the hamster or class pet is very adventures and a risk-taker.He also has a friend frog to go on his adventures with him.read the book to see what crazy adventures they go on. the end.
Debra


The book starts out a little slow... But ends up being a great little story! Most importantly: you can learn a lot about yourself by getting to know a different species.
Suebee
I did not expect to like this book as much as I did!
GREAT read aloud for 2nd gr and up, would be great One School One Book.

Humphrey is a classroom hamster adopted by substitute Ms. Mac. Mrs. Brisbane takes over the class and is less than enthused about Humphrey.
H makes friends with the janitor and principal, and is taken home by a different student every weekend, He always manages to solve some problem the characters have (like the janitor's need for a date and student Sayeh's shyness about her
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Caitlin
Best book ever. He is so hilarious. My favorite part is probably when he describes Mrs.Brisbane,s house like a haunted house. I always wondered what it would be like as a hamster. Now I know how his life was like. If I could describe this book in three words I would say it is humorous, adventure, and adorable. This book is probably the most interesting animal book I ever read. SPOILERS:

- I loved when he pulled the tv plug at a sleep over.
- I also liked when he talked to that girl and described a
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From kindergarten through graduation, I attended school in Affton, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. Then I graduated from Webster College (now Webster University) in Webster Groves, Missouri. Of course, I majored in English and kept on writing.

After working in advertising in St. Louis, Missouri and in Chicago, Illinois, I eventually moved to Southern California. First, I worked for Disneyland (fun
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