FRIENDSHIP ACCORDING TO HUMPHREY by Betty G. Birney

FRIENDSHIP ACCORDING TO HUMPHREY

Age Range: 7 - 11

KIRKUS REVIEW

Humphrey is back in Room 26 after winter vacation. In the off-season Humphrey has lost none of his sense of humor, his penchant for saying things thrice, or his nearly preternatural ability to solve human dilemmas. When a new pet is brought into the classroom, Humphrey faces his own jealousy over the attention Og the Frog receives. Worse still, Og’s only response to Humphrey’s attempts to befriend him is, “BOING!” Humphrey still finds it in his heart to assist his friends. For example, through crafty shenanigans, he helps solve the bully problem and lends a paw when the janitor faces a tough decision. All this, while the class is preparing for a Poetry Festival. Humphrey’s good intentions prevail, even when it comes to Og. Ultimately, this thoughtful yet upbeat tale lends credence to the notion that actions and intentions can be misinterpreted while pointing out the benefits of looking at a situation from another’s point of view. Readers will find that seeing the world from Humphrey’s standpoint is mighty satisfying. (Fiction. 7-11)

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-399-24264-3
Page count: 160pp
Publisher: Putnam
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2005




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