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Betty G. Birney - Author

About the Author

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!

 

Featured books by Betty G. Birney

Bumper Book of Humphrey's Tiny Tales

Bumper Book of Humphrey's Tiny Tales

5+ readers 7+ readers

Author: Betty G. Birney Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/01/2014

Featuring 3 published 'tiny tales' and one brand new one this bumper collection will have kids and parents laughing their way through it.  It includes My Pet Show Panic!, My Summer Fair Surprise!, My Creepy-Crawly Camping Adventure! and an all new story My Mixed-Up Magic Trick!.  Perfect for younger Humphrey fans, these Tiny Tales will be loved by kids from 5+.

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Humphrey's Ho-Ho-Ho Book of Stories

Humphrey's Ho-Ho-Ho Book of Stories

7+ readers 9+ readers

Author: Betty G. Birney Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/11/2013

The famous class-room hamster has a great many wonderful adventures in this bumper volume of three books in one. As ever, Humphrey takes a beady hamster-eyed look at everything around him and makes some profound comments about them.  Humphrey enjoys life – a lot! And young readers will enjoy joining in his adventures. ~ Julia Eccleshare

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Humphrey's Book of Christmas Fun

Humphrey's Book of Christmas Fun

7+ readers 9+ readers

Author: Betty G. Birney Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/10/2013

Humphrey’s many fans will love his Christmas jokes and Christmas puzzles. There’s something for everyone from the simple Spot the Difference Snowman to some complicated Sudokus. A perfect stocking filling providing hours of entertainment. ~ Julia Eccleshare

My Summer Fair Surprise!

My Summer Fair Surprise!

5+ readers

Author: Betty G. Birney Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/06/2011

A message from Humphrey, hamster extraordinaire: Dear friends, I LOVE-LOVE-LOVE sharing my adventures as a classroom hamster with all my friends. In fact I'm unsqueakably excited to share my new stories with you and I think Humphrey fans and new younger readers will be excited, too! Because I've written some shorter tales that are every bit as funny and exciting as my According to Humphrey books. They're called Humphrey's Tiny Tales and they've even got illustrations! (I'm quite pleased at how cute I look in the pictures.)  

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Other books by Betty G. Birney

Summer According to Humphrey

Summer According to Humphrey

Author: Betty G. Birney Format: eBook Release Date: 04/02/2010

In his sixth adventure, Humphrey heads off for the great outdoors. When Humphrey hears that school is ending, he panics. School ends? What?s a classroom hamster to do if he?s not in school? But as it turns out, there?s something thrilling in store for Humphrey and Og the frog: going to Camp Happy Hollow with Ms. Mac and lots of the kids from Room 26! Camper Humphrey meets a friendly wild mouse, tracks down Og when he gets lost by the lake, and uses his wily charm to help kids adjust to cabin life and make new friends. Everyone?s favorite classroom pet keeps entertaining kids across the nation, and his books have won eight state awards and were nominated for fourteen others.From the Hardcover edition.

Adventure According to Humphrey

Adventure According to Humphrey

Author: Betty G. Birney Format: eBook Release Date: 04/02/2010

The students in Room 26 are learning about boats and building their own for a race on Potter's Pond. Humphrey the hamster loves dreaming about being a pirate and watching his friends build ships. But when he mistakenly ends up at sea on the day of the boat race, he finds himself in the middle of more adventure than he bargained for! Humphrey is back in this charming story of a hamster on the high seas of hilarity.

Holidays According to Humphrey

Holidays According to Humphrey

Author: Betty G. Birney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/01/2010

Britain's best-loved, best-selling hamster is back! But not for long as this time he's off on holiday and he wants to tell you all about the Fun-Fun-Fun times there are to be had along the way! So far Humphrey has won the Richard and Judy Children's Bookclub, been a World Book Day selection, and sold over half a million copies of his adventures in the UK alone.

Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs

Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs

Author: Betty G. Birney Format: eBook Release Date: 22/09/2009

When Eben McAllister reads about the Seven Wonders of the World, he longs to escape the small farming community of Sassafras Springs and do some exploring of his own. No one else ever seems to want to leave Sassafras, howevernot even his best pal, Jeband so, for now, Eben figures he's stuck on the farm with Pa and Aunt Pretty until he grows up. All that changes when his pa, tired of Eben's moping, challenges him to find Seven Wonders in Sassafras Springs that can stand up to the real Seven Wonders of the World. And if he does? Then Eben will get the adventure he's been craving fora trip out West. Eben doesn't reckon he'll have any luckhe can't think of even one thing that could be called ';interesting,' let alone wondrous, in Sassafras, but he figures he'll give it a try. Told in a down-home narrative with glimmers of magical realism woven throughout, Betty G. Birney's tale about a boy's journey of discovery reminds us all that extraordinary things can happen in the most ordinary of places . . . even in Sassafras Springs.

Surprises According to Humphrey

Surprises According to Humphrey

Author: Betty G. Birney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/10/2008

Surprises can be good, like my brand new hamster ball or a surprise party. But surprises can be bad, like coming whisker to whisker with a cat (EEK!) or having an alien from another planet move into Room 26. All this and lots-lots-lots more happens in my new book of adventures, Surprises According to Humphrey .

Friendship According to Humphrey

Friendship According to Humphrey

Author: Betty G. Birney Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 02/10/2008

Humphrey must make friends with Og the Frog, the lumpy, bumpy new inhabitant of Room 26, and finds himself solving more friendship problems than just his own.

The World According to Humphrey

The World According to Humphrey

Author: Betty G. Birney Format: CD-ROM Release Date: 03/04/2008

You can learn a lot about life by observing another species. That's what Humphrey was told when he was bought as a classroom pet for Room 26. And it's definitely true! In addition to his classroom escapades, each weekend he gets to sleep over with a different student. Humphrey learns to read, write, shoot rubber bands and much more. With adventures galore, Humphrey's life would be absolutely perfect if only the teacher, Mrs Brisbane, wasn't out to get him...

Friendship According to Humphrey

Friendship According to Humphrey

Author: Betty G. Birney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2007

Dear Friends, When Og the Frog came to live in Room 26, I felt a little jealous. Still, I tried to be welcoming but I soon discovered that it's HARD-HARD-HARD to make friends with a lumpy, bumpy frog! Then I found out that my fellow students were having problems with their friends, too. A.J. and Garth had to deal with a bully named Mean Martin Bean. Heidi and Gail had a terrible argument, and Miranda-Golden had a new stepsister who wasn't nice at all. Then there was the Poetry Festival, the magic show and the snowstorm! How could one small hamster solve all those problems? Luckily, I wrote the whole story in my notebook so you could share in my adventures. Your friend to the end, Humphrey.

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