Adventure According to Humphrey

by Betty G. Birney (2009)

Read to Them schools can’t get enough of Humphrey, everyone’s favorite Golden Hamster. The delightful classroom pet manages to charm families and befriend students and school staff alike. Throughout his adventures, he learns life lessons and imparts his newfound wisdom to the whole community of Longfellow School.

In Adventure According to Humphrey, Humphrey yearns to go on an adventure with his class. He gets wind of some potential field trip ideas and longs to go along, too.  Hop aboard with Humphrey and his friends at Longfellow School, as they embark on a new quest with lessons on pirates, boats, and how to be a good friend.

As his class gets close to departing on their field trip, Humphrey starts to notice some changes in his friends. Gail seems upset when she and her mom cannot agree on design ideas, and Richie doesn’t seem as upbeat as usual when Kirk starts taking over the building of their boat. Things get even stranger when Humphrey’s buddy, Aldo the custodian, starts speaking differently than Humphrey has ever heard.  He starts speaking pirate speak…!

Will Humphrey be able to help his friends find compromise? Will he ever figure out what’s going on with Aldo? And what will happen when a little hamster ends up out of the classroom, and sets sail on his own voyage? Find out in Adventure According to Humphrey.

Schools and Districts that choose Adventure According to Humphrey will be able to create a new Aldo the Custodian monologue (fast becoming the most popular One School, One Book and One District, One Book assembly idea) about adventure, pirates, and other themes carried throughout this book!

As Ms. Mac says, “You can learn a lot about yourself by taking care of another species.” And as we say, you can learn even more from following the excellent moral example of Humphrey the hamster – everyone’s favorite adventurous friend.