Friendship According to Humphrey (Humphrey Series #2)

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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 ...

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Overview

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.
Praise for The World According to Humphrey:

When Humphrey the hamster returns to Mrs. Brisbane's class after the winter break, a new class pet and some other surprises give him an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of friendship.

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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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399242649
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2005
  • Series: Humphrey Series , #2
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 637,958
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.77 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 0.72 (d)

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2006

    Hammy Goodness

    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!

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2011

    GREAT-GREAT-GREAT!

    I give it two paws up!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2012

    Wholesome

    Wonderful, wholesome book, especially for a child who is reading above grade level and looking for appropriate reading material.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 21, 2011

    Awesome

    Humphry and his friends (OG THE FROG) are great great great

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 24, 2011

    Asam

    I love it

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 27, 2011

    a great book

    this is a great book. its a page-turner

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 25, 2011

    Amazing

    This is an amazing book! Anyone who reads this will be happy they did!! BOING!!!! SQUEEK!!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2011

    great book

    this book is amazing! i luv it because i have a hamster2!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 22, 2010

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    Wonderful "Wild"-life

    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."

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2013

    Humphrey

    Best book eva vant put it down!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2012

    Humphry

    Awsome book

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2013

    So Great

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2013

    Me to

    Whoever wrote that they need a nook friend i do to so contact me

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2013

    NOOK FREND

    I NEED A NOOK FREND!!!!!and i read the b4 i got my nook and its REALLY GOOD

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2013

    Great book

    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!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2013

    yay

    I like your books

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2013

    Humphrey is awesome

    I love humphrey. I think that this book is a book to read if you looking for cute,funny and andventersouis!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2012

    Luv it like craaaazzyyy!!!!! ;)

    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!!!! :) ;)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2012

    Hammy goodness

    Best book ever

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2012

    Awsome

    You should read it because it's awsome

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