Surprises According to Humphrey (Humphrey Series #4)

Surprises According to Humphrey (Humphrey Series #4)

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by Betty G. Birney
     
 

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A classroom hamster has to be ready for anything, but suddenly there are LOTS-LOTS-LOTS of big surprises in Humphrey's world. Some are exciting, like a new hamster ball. But some are scary, like a run-in with a cat and a new janitor who might be from another planet. But even with all that's going on, Humphrey finds time to help his classmates with their problems.

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A classroom hamster has to be ready for anything, but suddenly there are LOTS-LOTS-LOTS of big surprises in Humphrey's world. Some are exciting, like a new hamster ball. But some are scary, like a run-in with a cat and a new janitor who might be from another planet. But even with all that's going on, Humphrey finds time to help his classmates with their problems. But will Mrs. Brisbane's unsqueakable surprise be too much for Humphrey to handle?

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Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
This fourth book in the "Humphrey the Hamster" series picks up with Humphrey and Og—the frog who lives in the tank next door in Mrs. Brisbane's classroom—facing a number of dilemmas. Mrs. Brisbane may well retire at the end of the year. Garth and AJ, two students in the class, don't seem to be getting along as well as they used to and another student, Heidi, just can't seem to remember to raise her hand and be respectful to others. To top everything off, Aldo the custodian seems to have disappeared and been replaced by an alien! Humphrey works throughout the book to solve the various dilemmas and mysteries that face him and his friends. Along the way, he learns a lot about geography, math, reading, and standardized test-taking. As always, the Humphrey books are offered up with a great deal of gentle humor and the expectation that young readers understand and appreciate the good a hamster can do on his weekend trips to students' homes. This is a fun and fast read for younger students, especially those interested in classroom pets. Reviewer: Jean Boreen, Ph.D.
School Library Journal

Gr 2-4- Classroom pet extraordinaire Humphrey, a golden hamster, returns in his fourth novel. Spring has arrived, and Mrs. Brisbane's students are preparing for some important tests. Humphrey learns with them as they work on math problems and vocabulary words, which he records in his tiny notebook. He also engages in adventures like coming face-to-face with a cat named Sweetums, motivating senior citizens at a rehab center, and wandering the empty halls of school at night. Furthermore, Mrs. Wright, the whistle-blowing, rule-enforcing P.E. teacher, is out to get him, and he worries that Mrs. Brisbane will decide to retire. With his usual flare, Humphrey plots to help his humans overcome their problems. Each chapter ends with a definition from his Dictionary of Wonderful Words . Humphrey is a witty, fun, and lovable character with great kid appeal. This tale can be read independently of the previous novels.-Alison Grant, Ruby S. Thomas Elementary School, Las Vegas, NV

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142412961
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
01/08/2009
Series:
Humphrey Series, #4
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
56,540
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
660L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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