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***The World According to Humphrey

by Betty G. Birney

Reviewed February 18, 2004.

G. P. Putnam Son’s, New York, 2004.  124 pages.
Available on for $10.49 in hardcover.
Available at Sembach Library (JF BIR).

Here’s a clever idea:  Telling a story from the point of view of a classroom hamster.  Humphrey was bought by a temporary fourth-grade teacher, who was teaching the class for six weeks while the regular teacher was tending her husband.  Unfortunately, when Mrs. Brisbane comes back, she’s not happy about having a hamster in the classroom.

Humphrey gets to go home with a different child every weekend, and we watch him learn about humans and even affect their lives.  The hamster sees what these kids are really like at home.

Here’s a light-reading and entertaining novel for readers in upper elementary school.

Copyright © 2004 Sondra Eklund.  All rights reserved.

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