Trouble According to Humphrey (Humphrey Series #3)

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Everyone's favorite classroom pet sure is busy with trouble in Room 26!

Humphrey usually helps solve problems, but now he’s caused a big one: Golden-Miranda gets in trouble when Humphrey is caught outside of his cage on her watch. No one knows about his lock-that-doesn’t-lock and he can’t exactly squeak up on her behalf. While Humphrey manages to show Pay-Attention-Art that math is important outside of class, help Sit-Still-Seth actually sit ...

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Overview

Everyone's favorite classroom pet sure is busy with trouble in Room 26!

Humphrey usually helps solve problems, but now he’s caused a big one: Golden-Miranda gets in trouble when Humphrey is caught outside of his cage on her watch. No one knows about his lock-that-doesn’t-lock and he can’t exactly squeak up on her behalf. While Humphrey manages to show Pay-Attention-Art that math is important outside of class, help Sit-Still-Seth actually sit still, and survive a trip to the vet, can he clear Miranda’s name without giving up his freedom forever?

Friendship According to Humphrey received a Christopher Award and kids voted The World According to Humphrey the winner of state book awards in RI, MD and PA. Plus, it’s nominated for eleven others so far (WA, MN, FL, LA, OK, SC, PA, NC, UT, IA, ME). Reviewers have called him “delightful,” “irresistible,” “big hearted” and “perky.”
 

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
PW called The World According to Humphrey a "breezy, well-crafted first novel." The hamster hero is back for a third adventure as the class pet in Room 26, Trouble According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney, in which he may have to choose between defending Miranda (after Humphrey is caught on the loose on her watch) and losing his privileges (no one is wise to his cage's broken lock). Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Denise W. McGrain
Humphrey is a very special hamster and he lives in Room 26. His home is a cage sitting on a table next to a window in Longfellow School. His good friend is a frog named Og. From time to time Humphrey and Og have all kinds of great adventures and, sometimes, all kinds of trouble. In this story, readers will see how Humphrey's human classmates have come to depend on him for help. He learns about many things in life and writes in his notebook about the travels he experiences through the lives of his classmates, such as the time that he helped two young friends who had grown apart come back together again! This story of Humphrey could be good reading for a class in any setting. While listening to this story, children can learn as they hear how animals live and behave. The young reader is brought into a new world of words which can easily be added to their already growing vocabulary. Humphrey's adventures are interesting and fun to read and listen to.
School Library Journal
Gr 2–4
Humphrey is just as lovable and sweet as he was in Friendship According to Humphrey (Putnam, 2005). Still a classroom pet, the hamster learns that his freedom may not be as important as his loyalty to his human friends. The students of Room 26 are assigned jobs as part of a social-studies project. When the hamster gets out of his cage, it is not because the student in charge did not lock the door, but because it does not lock. Humphrey feels guilty for getting his friend in trouble and spends the rest of the book trying to make it right. Along the way, he helps a child learn how to concentrate, reunites two friends, is banned from the classroom, and visits the vet. His escapades teach honesty, responsibility, and the consequences of actions. Essential reading for students who already love Humphrey.
—Delia CarruthersCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The tiny hamster with a big heart is back. Humphrey is serious about his job as classroom pet for the students of Room 26. He loves his humans and always offers a helping paw when possible. This penchant for good deeds often leads the frisky little philosopher on perilous adventures. In this latest of three lively outings, big troubles descend on Room 26. When Humphrey goes home with a chosen student each weekend, he discovers troubles there too. Because Humphrey knows how to pick the lock on his cage, he is able to reunite estranged friends and help a family down on its luck because of unemployment. Thematically advancing the story, Room 26 is deeply involved in a project of building a community dubbed Humphreyville. The moral conundrum at hand, however, arises when Humphrey finally gets caught outside his cage and one student, Miranda, gets blamed for it. Should Humphrey reveal the truth and lose his freedom or let Miranda take the fall? In his characteristically upbeat way, Humphrey offers wise tidbits on tackling life's inevitable troubles. (Fiction. 7-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441858559
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 7/28/2010
  • Series: Humphrey Series , #3
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Betty G. Birney has won many awards for writing for television, including an Emmy, three Humanitas Prizes, and a Writers Guild of America Award, and she won the Christopher Award for Friendship According to Humphrey. In addition to the Humphrey series, she is the author of The Seven Wonders of Sassafrass Springs and The Princess and the Peabody's. She grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, where her parents grew up as neighbors on Humphrey Street. Her website, bettybirney.com, is full of fun Humphrey activities and information.

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  • Posted May 12, 2010

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    Thrilling Three Times!

    Hip! Hip! Hoo-ray for Humphrey! Humphrey is at it again, this time with another grand adventure to Art's house. What is Art working on? Why is he distracted in class? Who is Paul? Why is he important to the story? What happened to Miranda when she was the pet monitor? Was the situation with Miranda solved? If your interested has been sparked by these questions, you will learn the answers when you read about our protagonist in this fun, enjoyable novel. A well developed story and entertaining characters will capture your attention and keep you reading, and you should be able to complete Humphrey's adventure in one weekend or over several days after school. Enjoy, Humphrey and his classmates, this was a great adventure.

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    this book is a great book for all ages I think that Every one will enjoy it , read it, I promise that you will love it.

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