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Publisher's Summary

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!

©2018 Betty G. Birney (P)2018 Listening Library

Critic 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)

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Loved it!!!

This book is so funny it’s something to squeak about!!! Now I wish I could have a hamster.

C.B. (Age 7)

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Great 👍book

Humphry is a great book
And audible is a great company
I love the book

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Love this book like crazy!!!!!!❤️❤️

I love this book !!!!!!!! This is great really I recommend this book for anyone who is a animal lover!!!!!!

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love

me and my daughter both enjoyed this book very much. excellent job very very wonderful

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Good book

This is the best book I love it and my family love it I love love it

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A Must Read, Read,Read!!!

Humphrey is beyond adorable!!! The narrator instantly captivated my third graders attention! His upbeat, energetic voice keeps everything engaged! I’d highly recommend this book, especially as a read aloud for teachers or parents to share with their kids. I guarantee they’ll love, love, love it!!!
Now we can’t wait to start, start, start another book in the Humphrey series. The kids are hooked, hooked, hooked!!!