Spring According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney

Spring According to Humphrey

Written by Betty G. Birney

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Humphrey the hamster, star of more than a dozen top-selling books, is back with a new cover style but the same enjoyable helping of gentle, funny adventures and good-hearted, happy life lessons. Humphrey is the school hamster and lives in Mrs Brisbane’s class. He knows all the children very well and describes their everyday activities to readers along with his own, generally more comic adventures, adding in wise little hamster-view comments on the world, and often exploring different children’s problems or worries. Winter is finally drawing to a close and Humphrey and the children are eager for signs of spring. Spring means change, and the book gently illustrates how change can sometimes be a scary thing. The arrival of a couple of tadpoles also gets Humphrey thinking about family and family ties. Humphrey continues to deliver funny stories with just the right amount of excitement, and he’s a particularly lovable, comforting fictional friend.

There are lots of Humphrey books for readers to collect, and fans might also enjoy Elisabeth Beresford’s stories of The Wombles, or Joshua Doder’s Grk stories. ~ Andrea Reece

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and a small number of children were lucky enough to be invited to review Secrets According To Humphrey.  You can read their reviews below.

Toby Pickering, age 7 - 'I really enjoyed reading this story and look forward to reading about Humphreys other adventures.' Click Here to read the full review.

Jemima Wilcox, age 10 - 'There some bad secrets, some good secrets, and some very badly kept ones! You will like this book if you like hamsters.' Click Here to read the full review.

Alexander Bisland,age 8 - 'I recommend this to 7+ readers who are adventurers and who want to laugh their socks off...I give this book 10/10 especially because of Humphrey’s Secret Scribbles which made me want to read more!' Click Here to read the full review.

Jessica McKenna, Year 3 - 'This was my first Humphrey book  but it won't be my last.  I found Humphrey very funny and entertaining.' Click Here to read the full review.

Jenny Bridgeman, age 8 - 'This was a really lovely book, short chapters, an engaging main character and lots to learn about Egypt. It was a really good read!!' Click Here to read the full review.

Elspeth Paterson, age 9 - 'I really loved this comical book about a little hamster named Humphrey. It shows even wee hamsters have to keep humungous secrets from their best friends.' Click Here to read the full review.

Faye Dawson, age 8 - 'To all Humphrey fans, you should read this book, especially if you like secrets and surprises...' Click Here to read the full review.

Hannah Pendell, age 9 - 'Ssshhh! can you keep a secret? Secrets according to Humphrey is fantastic book! Secret clubs are going on in the classroom, Egypt projects ruined and way to many secrets!' Click Here to read the full review.

Evie Young, age 8 - 'If you've read other Humphrey books you will like this one too, it is full of adventures and secrets.' Click Here to read the full review.

Alice East, age 9 - 'This is the latest adventure of Humphrey, a classroom pet hamster who has adventures when he escapes from his cage. It is a really funny book as Humphrey understands what humans are saying but they don't understand him.'  Click Here to read the full review.

Daniel Hirsh, age 10 - 'The hamster, Humphrey is really clever, he lives in Room Twenty-Six and watches everything that happens in the class, including the things which the teacher doesn't notice.' Click Here to read the full review.

Matilda Greenacre, age 7 - 'This book continues Humphreys adventures in Room 26, as the class hamster.  This time the book is all about ancient Egypt.' Click Here to read the full review.


Spring According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney

Dear Friends, At last, spring has come! Lucky for Room 26 where I'm class hamster because they've got a Family Fun Night planned at Longfellow School. It'll be great to get to know my classmates' families. I might even start thinking about what family means to me - especially as families come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Happy-happy-happy reading! Humphrey.

Get Humphrey's latest news on his facebook page....& there are Humphrey games and activities atwww.bettybirney.com/humphreyville

About the Author

Betty G. Birney

Betty G. Birney worked at Disneyland for many years, has written several children’s television shows and is the author of over twenty-five books, including the best-selling The World According to Humphrey, which won the Richard and Judy Children's Book Club, Friendship According to Humphrey, Trouble According to Humphrey, Surprises According to Humphrey and More Adventures According to Humphrey. Her work has won many awards, including an Emmy and three Humanitas Prizes. She lives in America with her husband.

Betty Birney on Betty Birney:

I wrote my first "book" at age seven. It was called "Teddy Bear in the Woods" and was followed by a sequel. Luckily, my parents encouraged my writing and my sister, Janet, was a great writer and role model.

I didn't just write, however. When I wasn't roller-skating (my favorite pastime), I was riding my bike, playing piano, swimming, reading, playing cards and board games or just hanging out with my friends. I loved school, but I loved vacations, too!

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208 pages


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Faber & Faber

Publication date

3rd March 2016




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