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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Humphrey (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Reprint edition (January 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142412961
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142412961
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.4 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

In this fourth title featuring classroom hamster Humphrey, the surprises abound. Some are fun, such as the entertaining, if occasionally scary, new hamster ball, and some are not: best friends A. J. and Garth are feuding; janitor Aldo may have been replaced by an alien; and the teacher, Ms. Brisbane, may retire. Narrated in Humphrey’s lively voice, the story is characteristically amusing and incorporates kid-relevant issues, such as being the last chosen for sports teams and the importance of respect, support, kindness, and appreciation. New and returning readers will enjoy the caring hamster’s unique perspective on everything from friendship to fire drills. Grades 2-4. --Shelle Rosenfeld --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Review

Humphrey is a witty, fun, and lovable character with great kid appeal. -- School Library Journal --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

Betty G. Birney lives in Los Angeles, California. Her web site is full of fun Humphrey activities and information.

Customer Reviews

Fun, light-hearted book for kids.
Matthew's Mom
Her schools library only had two of the books but I am downloading a new one every weekend onto my kindle and sending it home with her.
Cindy Dellinger
My son has read 3 books in the Humphrey series and loves them all!
Leah

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By KMS on August 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am a third grade teacher and once my school librarian handed me the first of the series,I was hooked. I then read it aloud to my class and we went Humphrey crazy (girls and boys)! We checked out Betty's website and entered a contest-we couldn't get enough! My students were ordering their own copies at home and reading them and borrowing them. I have read all of the books thus far in the series and each one is so creatively written it's just amazing. Beware that kids do want a class pet after reading it!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Brockway on April 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
These books are just wonderful. A must have for any child that has, or wishes for a hamster... or any animal lover for that matter. A teacher let my son borrow the first in this series and that was it. We have them all. They are so cleverly written and subtly expand on a variety of situations and emotions that kids experience each day. Thanks Betty G. Birney! We love your writing style.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Hogue on March 2, 2009
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I love the books about Humphrey. They are so well written that I can see Humphrey doing all the things that Betty has him doing. I have been buying these for my great niece and she has really enjoyed them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Sweeney on January 31, 2013
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We haven't read this one yet, but are finishing the 3rd one first. My kids enjoy reading Birney's books and I like the message they teach about friendship, curiosity, and relationships.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ami Richmand on February 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
I bought this book and thought it was great! People think it looks babyish but it's really for about everyone who can read. I read this book to my little cousin (5 years old) and she loves it just as much as I do. I also gave it to my mother to read and she said its awesome! All good readers deserve to read a great book like this one. My liberarian at my school reads it during story time. So what are you waiting for? Buy Suprises According to Humphery and all the other humphery books!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Heiss on September 30, 2010
Format: Paperback
In this book, Humphrey doesn't get to go home much with students -- instead, he gets out of his cage and goes to the school library to learn things. There are some corny jokes (my kids love corny jokes) and a lot of pirate action. ARRR-ARRR-ARRR!

Ms. Mac shows up at the end. Squeaktastic!

Parent note: "My brother is an idiot" and "Kirk is a jerk" -- no other name calling. Pushy mom.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Penny on November 30, 2009
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The Humphrey books are GREAT!!!! I bought them for my grandchildren (7&5) and they loved them. They couldn't wait to find out what happened next and looked forward to the next book as they were getting to the end of one. They are anxiously waiting for "Summer According to Humphrey" due out in February. I think they became attached to Humphrey and learned the life lessons being taught.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By 5ofus on May 10, 2013
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We have the whole series and my kids love him. This series teaches great stories of friendship all school. Great story for them to read independently or out loud.
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