Friendship According to Humphrey (Humphrey Series #2)

Friendship According to Humphrey (Humphrey Series #2)

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by Betty G. Birney
     
 

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After the holidays, Humphrey is shocked by a big surprise in Room 26-a new class pet! Humphrey tries to be welcoming, but Og the frog doesn't respond to any of his friendly squeaks or visits (remember, he has a lock-that-doesn't-lock). Plus, the students are so interested in Og, they almost stop paying attention to Humphrey altogether. Humphrey doesn't like the mad

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After the holidays, Humphrey is shocked by a big surprise in Room 26-a new class pet! Humphrey tries to be welcoming, but Og the frog doesn't respond to any of his friendly squeaks or visits (remember, he has a lock-that-doesn't-lock). Plus, the students are so interested in Og, they almost stop paying attention to Humphrey altogether. Humphrey doesn't like the mad-bad-sad feelings he's had since Og came, but luckily he still gets to have adventures with different kids on the weekends.
Friendship can be tricky, but Humphrey is an intrepid problem-solver. If any hamster can become buddies with a frog, he can.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
PW called The World According to Humphrey a "breezy, well-crafted first novel, narrated by a hamster." The comical critter returns to Room 26 in Friendship According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney, only to discover a new class pet, Og the frog. Can a friendship be forged? Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Humphrey, the hamster, has an enjoyable life as the classroom pet in Room 26 at Longfellow School. But then Og, the frog, moves in with his glass aquarium, and Humphrey feels pushed aside and forgotten by his "classmates." Fortunately, Humphrey gets to go home for the weekends with different children, giving him a chance to practice his skill at patching up old friendships and helping forge new ones. Told in Humphrey's somewhat hyper-perky voice, this novel will probably appeal to fans of small, furry animals, as well as to pet-lovers in general. But readers who thrive on action and adventure will find little to interest them. Birney's writing style is rather bland, leaning heavily toward short, choppy, declarative sentences. Still, many children will enjoy a few hours cuddled up with Humphrey. This is the second title in Birney's "Humphrey" series. 2005, G.P. Putnam's Sons, Ages 8 to 12.
—Barbara Carroll Roberts
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-The adorable and intelligent hamster introduced in The World According to Humphrey (Putnam, 2004) is dismayed to find that he shares his status as classroom pet with a frog. Try as he might, Humphrey cannot seem to make friends with Og, who just splashes him or says "BOING!" The little rodent, who can secretly write, learn, and get out of his cage, also uses his wits to effect positive outcomes of the various subplots, including a new girl who won't talk and has trouble making friends, two pals who get into a terrible fight, a bully who causes trouble on the bus, and the janitor who dreams of going back to college. The theme of friendship is as pervasive as the title implies, making this chapter book a charming read-aloud. Pair this tale with Frank Asch's Survival School (S & S, 2003) for an appreciation of animals in the classroom.-Debbie Whitbeck, West Ottawa Public Schools, Holland, MI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Humphrey is back in Room 26 after winter vacation. In the off-season Humphrey has lost none of his sense of humor, his penchant for saying things thrice, or his nearly preternatural ability to solve human dilemmas. When a new pet is brought into the classroom, Humphrey faces his own jealousy over the attention Og the Frog receives. Worse still, Og's only response to Humphrey's attempts to befriend him is, "BOING!" Humphrey still finds it in his heart to assist his friends. For example, through crafty shenanigans, he helps solve the bully problem and lends a paw when the janitor faces a tough decision. All this, while the class is preparing for a Poetry Festival. Humphrey's good intentions prevail, even when it comes to Og. Ultimately, this thoughtful yet upbeat tale lends credence to the notion that actions and intentions can be misinterpreted while pointing out the benefits of looking at a situation from another's point of view. Readers will find that seeing the world from Humphrey's standpoint is mighty satisfying. (Fiction. 7-11)
From the Publisher
"Seeing the world from Humphrey's standpoint is mighty satisfying." --Kirkus Reviews

"The theme of friendship is as pervasive as the title implies, making this chapter book a charming read-aloud." --School Library Journal

Christopher Award winner
 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399242649
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
02/28/2005
Series:
Humphrey Series, #2
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
538,482
Product dimensions:
5.77(w) x 8.54(h) x 0.72(d)
Lexile:
640L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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From the Publisher
"Seeing the world from Humphrey's standpoint is mighty satisfying." —Kirkus Reviews

"The theme of friendship is as pervasive as the title implies, making this chapter book a charming read-aloud." —School Library Journal

Christopher Award winner
 

Meet the Author

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

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Friendship According to Humphrey 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 60 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great book! At first I only picked it up becacause I saw the cute little hamster on the front... how could you resist!! Then I read the inside cover and it sounded good, but after reading it I knew to was more than good! This book talks about friendships, fighting, bullies, and excepting to make the best of you life... from a hamster's view. He learns so much about friendship through the kids it helps him to be kinder to the new class pet, who he is totally jelous of! This book should win a newbery medal award!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I give it two paws up!
meg hoke More than 1 year ago
Humphry and his friends (OG THE FROG) are great great great
The Fjelds More than 1 year ago
I love it
Brian Wimmer More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book! Anyone who reads this will be happy they did!! BOING!!!! SQUEEK!!!!
Valerie Tancredi More than 1 year ago
this book is amazing! i luv it because i have a hamster2!
EGHunter01 More than 1 year ago
Humor with Humphrey, could be another title for this book and it is a book youth ages eight to twelve may want to read more than once. For inquisitive and avid readers this Humphrey tale will be a joy. If your young reader enjoys classroom stories and talking pets, this is sure to please him or her. Friendship According to Humphrey is a wonderful second novel about the protagonist's adventures in room 26. Humphrey will make young readers giggle, chuckle and chortle, howl, and laugh out loud at his antics. Educational entertainment is in store for the readers of this novel. Also, this work of fiction will hold the readers attention and they should be able to finish it in one weekend. With an entertaining story line, lively dialogue, and delightful "characters" this story is sure to be a "hit."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awsome book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful, wholesome book, especially for a child who is reading above grade level and looking for appropriate reading material.
Sharon Mitchell More than 1 year ago
this is a great book. its a page-turner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I NEED A NOOK FREND!!!!!and i read the b4 i got my nook and its REALLY GOOD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the best books I have read.its about a hamster and his big adventures.my oppin is I love this book!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like your books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love humphrey. I think that this book is a book to read if you looking for cute,funny and andventersouis!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I luv this book! It is about a little classroom hamster who is faced with a lot of big adventures! U should really get it, u people out there! BEST BOOK EVA!!!! :) ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book eva vant put it down!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story shows the great action of friendship when a shy girl and a frog get introduced into Room 26! If you have never read these bok they are a must!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You should read it because it's awsome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Humphrey is a great book.Betty is a really great kid and adult author.Lets give a big paw up for Humphrey and Betty!1....2....3....Yip Yip Horray!Paws up!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter loves these books... She reads them in a day or two, and AI can hear her laugh.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a heartwarming story,and it's the greatest story IV'E READ !!!! (about hamters that is)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased #1 in the series and read the book to first and second graders. They loved the story - both the boys and girls. I only read book one to them even though I have all 6 in the series. I highly recommend the Humphrey series. The children couldn't wait until Wednesdays when I came in to helpout and for me to start reading. Since I started later in the school season I only finished book one. Next school year I will start out with the Humphrey series and get to read more books to them. Please note that the first and second graders are in one class, so the first graders will have already experienced Humphrey. Also, some of the children went out and bought their own Humphrey adventures. HUMPHREY IS GREAT
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I llked this book because it is about friendship with animals not just people.