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Best-selling class hamster Humphrey finds out many fascinating things as a new term begins in Room 26. It all begins when the words ‘pharaoh, papyrus, pyramid and hieroglyphics’ appear on the classroom blackboard… Suddenly, Humphrey finds himself caught up in all kinds of secrets from far-off Egypt. And, like many others, he finds that keeping secrets isn’t a good idea! ~ Julia Eccleshare
Children’s favourite Humphrey the hamster is back for another adventure, his twelfth no less. The good news is that he’s just as delightful as ever, his school-hamster-eye view of the world just as funny and generous. Humphrey gets to listen in on all the children’s lessons from his cage in the corner, and is particularly excited at the thought of trying some creative writing. It’s not easy, but he perseveres; trips home with children for the weekend providing him with lots of ideas. By the end of the book, his imagination is working overtime, the BEST-BEST-BEST feeling in the world! These sweet and easy to read little stories have much to recommend them: Humphrey is a real character and there are little moral messages slipped in with the animal fun. ~ Andrea Reece
Celebrated class hamster Barney is back for an exciting new adventure. This time, all the action of Christmas is filling Room 26 as everyone gets ready for the Winter Wonderland Show. But not everything is going to plan. As ever, it takes Barney to do something a little extra special and make it a Christmas that everyone in Room 26 will remember for ever. ~ Julia Eccleshare.
Humphrey, the delightful classroom hamster, is back for a new set of adventures after his thrilling holiday at Camp Happy Hollow. Humphrey has been looking forward to returning to his classroom, Room 26, and to seeing all his old friends. But Humphrey is in for a shock. The classroom is the same but the children are not! Everything is topsy turvy but luckily Humphrey has a rare knack of making new friends and putting everything back together again. A fun to read story about what school looks like to a very special animal! Shortlisted for the Independent Booksellers Book Award 2011
To celebrate his tenth birthday the whole Humphrey series has a smart new livery, repositioning him alongside perennial favourites such as Winnie-the-Pooh and Paddington. When Humphrey hears about a sailing competition on Potter's Pond, he longs for a BIG-BIG-BIGGER adventure. And believe us, he gets one . . . but it isn't all smooth sailing. He helps out his classmates, takes an unsqueakably dangerous voyage of his own, and even comes face-to-face with a pirate! Praise for Humphrey: 'An effective exploration of the joys and pains of making and keeping friends, which will strike a chord with many children.' Daily Telegraph 'A charming, feel-good tale.' Irish Times 'Humphrey's matter-of-fact, table-level view of the world is alternately silly and profound and Birney captures his unique blend of innocence and earnestness.' Publisher's Weekly 'Humphrey, a delightful, irresistible character, is big hearted, observant and creative.' Booklist
Humphrey the Hamster’s view of the world is always entertaining. He’s happy in his job as classroom pet so, when the holidays are announced, he worries a lot about what will happen to him. But Humphrey soon finds that holidays are fun too and, in his case, full of some quite scary adventures! Humphrey is a loveable character who writes an irresistibly appealing diary.
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
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