The World According to Humphrey
By Betty G Birney
Puffin Books 2004
A present from Grammy
The story: Humphrey the hamster is despondent. It seems like no one will ever come to take him away from the Pet-O-Rama until one wonderful day, a woman buys him and takes him home. He soon discovers that his owner is Ms. Mac and he will be the class pet for Room 26. Humphrey loves learning, loves the students in his class, and loves Ms. Mac most of all. But what will happen to our beloved hamster when he discovers that Ms. Mac is only a substitute teacher and Mrs. Brisbane doesn't like animals?
Mama opines: We're back! Hi there, everyone. Wednesdays with David has been on a bit of a hiatus because David didn't want to talk about his reading for a while and I didn't want to push it. I also had realistic expectations about the number of times you wanted to read about The Magic Treehouse series or the Boxcar Children.
In the interest of full disclosure, I read about 1/3 of this book with David and he read the rest on his own. Humphrey is a charming hamster. He makes friends with the students. Once he starts going home with them on the weekends, he is able to help them with their problems at home. Humphrey is smart and fun. We are looking forward to reading more of Humphrey's adventures!
Thoughts from David: I like it because it has a hamster in it. I also like it because the teacher and children love Humphrey and that's funny.
Favorite part: When Ms. Mac comes back and she'll come back again too!