Humberto, The Bookworm Hamsterby Mayra Calvani, Kit Grady (Illustrator)
Suggested age for readers 4-8
Humberto loves books so much; he reads all day long. His neighbors, the squirrel, the rabbit, the skunk, the hedgehog and the beaver want to become his friends, but Humberto doesn't have time for them. He's too busy reading! Then one day, disaster strikes and he must choose between saving his books and helping them.
Suggested age for readers 4-8
- Guardian Angel Publishing
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- 8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.05(d)
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Synopsis: Humberto is a ferocious reader. He never stops reading and he devours all kinds of books. For a long time, he pretty well lived a solitary life. His neighbors, the squirrel, rabbit, skunk, hedgehog, and beaver were all trying to befriend him, one at a time. But all he wanted to do was read, until one day disaster struck. The rains came for days and flooded everything around him, including his books. He finds himself at a crossroads because he must choose between saving his books or helping his neighbors. Overall thoughts: Mayra Calvani does a great job of creating a cute and thought provoking book for kids. There are a lot of lessons that kids can learn after reading the book. One of the real lessons of the book is whether it is good to be too solitary. Perhaps reading is a great preoccupation, but it must be balanced with social activities that enrich the lives of others as well as ourselves.
Reviewed by: Debbie Smart, Book Reviewer StoriesForChildrenMagazine.org Humberto, the Bookworm Hamster is a story about a hamster who loves books so much he doesn't have time to make friends - let alone have time to play with friends! Yes, Humberto is always too busy reading. However, one day disaster strikes while Humberto is away and he must decide whether to rescue his much loved books - or possible friends. Humberto, the Bookworm Hamster is illustrated by Kit Grady. The illustrations are delightful, fun and colorful. Related websites: www.MayrasSecretBookcase.com www.kitgrady.com www.GuardianAngelPublishing.com
Humberto is a book-reading hamster. He loves books so much he reads when he's cooking. He reads when he's eating, and he reads when he's brushing his teeth. When he exercises on the wheel, the only time he's not reading, he imagines himself as the characters in the books and he travels to other lands and even to outer space. Books are his only friends. He doesn't have time for the other creatures that live in the woods. The skunk and the rabbit, the squirrel and the hedgehog, and the blind beaver try to make friends with Humberto, but he's too busy reading to play games or visit with them. Then one day a disaster occurs, and Humberto makes a startling discovery. Ms. Calvani has written a lovely story about leaning what's important in life. Ms. Grady's illustrations bring the animals alive for young readers. Their expressions are just perfect, and complement the story action. As for Humberto, who wouldn't love a hamster that not only reads but listens to audio books when he sleeps? This is a great book to share with your little ones at bedtime. Be prepared, parents, to read the story more than once. I recommend Humberto, the Bookworm Hamster for children, parents, grandparents, animal lovers, and everyone who enjoys a good read.