Monday, February 4, 2013

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday - School Days According to Humphrey

For today's Marvelous Middle Grade Monday, I'm sharing one book from a middle grade series that my younger son loves. The Humphrey books by Betty G. Birney share the adventures of a hamster who lives in Room 26 at Longfellow Elementary School. The stories are told from Humphrey's perspective and show his view of the class.


SCHOOL DAYS ACCORDING TO HUMPHREY
by: Betty G. Birney
Published in 2011

First the description from Goodreads:
Humphrey is excited to get back to Room 26 and see all his old classmates. But on the first day of school, a bunch of strange kids arrive and no matter how loudly he squeaks up, they don't realize they're in the wrong room! Finally Humphrey realizes that these kids are his new classmates, and he sets off to learn all about them.

He hasn't forgotten about his friends from last year, and of course they miss him a ton. But when they start talking about taking him from Mrs. Brisbane's room, Humphrey gets unsqueakably nervous. How could he say good-bye to Mrs. Brisbane and Og--not to mention his new friends--for good?
Now my son would like to share some of his thoughts on the book and the series.

Humphrey sounds like a fun hamster. What is your favorite thing about him?
He's so smart, he has a tiny pencil and notebook hidden behind his mirror for assignments.

Who is Humphrey's best friend?
Og, a frog, who lives in the cage next to Humphrey.

What is your favorite part of this book?
When Humphrey gets stuck under a door in the school trying to find his old classmates.

Does Humphrey often find himself in trouble?
Yes. In one of the books he gets caught out of his cage and another time Miranda's dog Clem tries to eat Humphrey.

Why do you like the Humphrey series?
Because they are chapter books. Because Humphrey is smart and can write with his notebook. I also like reading about the kids in the classroom.  The nicknames Humphrey gives the kids are funny.

I hope you enjoyed learning about this fun middle grade series. For other middle grade picks of the week, check out my list to the right on my homepage.  Have a great week!