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Trouble according to Humphrey

Humphrey adventures ;

[According to Humphrey] ;

Humphrey adventures.
Trouble according to Humphrey
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Publisher Info:
New York, NY : G.P. Putnam's Sons, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group, [2007]
Physical Description:
167 pages ; 22 cm.
Humphrey adventures ; [book 3]

[According to Humphrey] ; [book 3]

Humphrey adventures.
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Humphrey, the pet hamster of Longfellow School's Room 26, relates the ups and downs experienced by his human classmates as they begin a project to create a model town complete with houses and community services.


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JUV F BIRNEY A#3 New or Popular Book

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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 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."

Author Notes

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,, is full of fun Humphrey activities and information.

Reviews 3

School Library Journal Review

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 Carruthers, Sunset Ridge Middle School, West Jordan, UT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

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). (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Booklist Review

Birney's third Humphrey title finds the charming, observant hamster still taking his job as class pet very seriously. On his mind this time are Paul, who is failing; Mandy, whose family is facing financial challenges; and Miranda, who is blamed for something Humphrey did. Fans as well as readers new to the series will be entertained by Humphrey's escapes, which are related in a lively, first-person narrative, laced with humor, heart, and hamster facts. --Shelle Rosenfeld Copyright 2007 Booklist