The World According to Humphrey Award-winning author by Betty G. Birney (author)

The World According to Humphrey

Suitable for 7 - 9 years

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You can learn a lot about life by observing another species. That’s what Humphrey the hamster was told when he was bought as a classroom pet for Room 26. And it’s true! As well as his classroom escapades, each weekend he gets to sleep over with a different student, like Stop-Giggling-Gail and Repeat-That-Please-Richie. With adventures galore, Humphrey’s life would be perfect… if only the teacher, Mrs Brisbane, wasn’t out to get him! This hilarious look at the world from a hamster’s perspective is deliciously charming and completely true to life. Wise and original, and with boy and girl appeal, it effortlessly captures classroom life with all its ups and downs.

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Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 4.2; Middle years; 4.0 points

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  • 160 pages




Betty G. Birney

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  1. bluepeter123456
    on 26 June 2015

    I have listened to this book on CD. Greg Proops read the book and it made me laugh. I like how he voices Humphrey and the other characters in the book.

  2. Aimeemitch
    on 4 March 2014

    I read this book at my school and it was surprisingly really good I would defiantly recommend this book to a friend

    4 out of 5
  3. duffybear
    on 9 January 2014

    This book was absolutely adorable! It is from Humphrey’s point of view and he has little hilarious side comments.

    5 out of 5
  4. BookWorm55
    on 9 June 2013

    I loved this book! My Gran bought it for me and once I began to read it I couldn’t stop! It was so hilarious and Humphrey is so wise and very funny. I recommend this for younger readers or a short funny red for older readers!

    5 out of 5
  5. Twilight911
    on 26 March 2013

    Love it love it love it love it love it. This book is perfect for children because it set in a classroom and it teaches the children in that school responsibility who couldn’t love Humphrey.

    5 out of 5
  6. ieatbooks
    on 7 March 2013

    This book is GREAT-GREAT-GREAT! I adore this hamster he is so clever and funny,this book will lift your spirits anyday

    5 out of 5
  7. cherribob
    on 30 January 2013

    This book was really funny! I think Humphery is a really good character. (He would make an ecxellent pet!) I would recomend this book to ages 8+!

    5 out of 5
  8. kicky105
    on 6 March 2012

    Humphrey is so cute – he makes you see the world through his eyes. He doesn’t judge but just labels people and things and it is so funny. He has loads of different adventures and manages to survive each one!

    5 out of 5
  9. sisi18543977
    on 28 July 2011

    loveeeeeeeeeeeeeee it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Lolo95
    on 3 March 2011

    This hamster is the best this was the first book I read and he is so cute I love him and want a hamster just like him at my school.l

  11. xxisabellatrixx
    on 27 February 2011

    an adorable little tyke that captured my heart. the book was brilliant and amusing, with every turn of the page leading to more fun.

  12. Anne6
    on 14 January 2011


  13. Fifi44
    on 24 July 2010


    5 out of 5
  14. muhjo4ndv1999
    on 8 April 2010

    The world according to humphrey is ok but i have read better books.

    4 out of 5
  15. noggin
    on 25 March 2009

    the world according to humphrey is a fantastic book about a little hamster who can read and write. ms mac leaves room 26 and goes to brazil without humphrey. at the weekend humphrey gets to go home with pupils in the class but when it is thanksgiving he has to go home with mrs brisbane. he also solves many problems along the way. but will ms mac come back? read this fantastic book and find out.

    5 out of 5
  16. 1243avril
    on 24 February 2009

    This looks like such a good book!!

  17. Jonasgirl123
    on 25 August 2008

    This book is the best ever!

    I have read this and I was addicted to it!

    I rate it a MUST READ!

    From XXXJonasgirl123XXX

    5 out of 5
  18. JulieBlue
    on 18 March 2008

    Humphrey the Hamster goes home with a different child each weekend and has lots of adventures. It’s a great book!

    5 out of 5
  19. S-T-A-R-53
    on 11 March 2008

    This book is brilliant for animal lovers as it is about a class hamster called Humphrey. Humphrey gets up to lots of adventures and helps out all his classmates!

    5 out of 5
  20. CharlieGiraffe22
    on 11 March 2008

    This book has to be the best book I have ever read. Betty G. Birney is such a good author. Go buy this book!

    5 out of 5
  21. TimesSquare
    on 7 March 2008

    It is a GREAT BOOK because l love animals but it was also great because it has a funny storyline and a cool main charcter.

    4 out of 5
  22. morgiebear
    on 7 March 2008

    this book is great for hamster lovers, it is a great, funny and lovely book humphery is a great hamster and is the best animal book ever!!!!

    5 out of 5