Wednesday, March 18, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: MYSTERIES ACCORDING TO HUMPHREY

MYSTERIES ACCORDING TO HUMPHREY
Betty Birney
Puffin Books
2012

Available: paperback, Kindle, hard cover

    Humphrey is a hamster in Room 26 at Longfellow School. The rest of his classmates include Og the frog and a bunch of interesting kids. Mrs. Brisbane is their teacher. Humphrey loves her and the story she's begins to read to the class. He can't wait to hear the end. But the next morning, instead of Mrs. Brisbane teaching the class, there's a substitute teacher
and he's not interested in reading a boring old mystery. He's just interested in having fun. It isn't long before the class is falling apart and Humphrey is worried. When will Mrs. Brisbane return? What's happened to her? Where is she? It's a real life mystery that Humphrey is determined to solve.
    Humphrey is an engaging narrator as he navigated school life from a hamster's perspective. He's smart, but at times just doesn't understand human behavior. He's brave. He's loyal. Boys and girls should enjoy the story and helping him solve the mystery of his missing teacher.

Target audience: Grades 3-5
Mystery/ suspense: fun

Kid appeal: good
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