Posted tagged ‘Hamsters’

Calling all hamster lovers

September 2, 2010

I just finished reading The World According to Humphrey, and I found it very entertaining. The story is narrated by Humphrey, a sensitive, caring, and creative hamster who lives in an elementary school classroom and believes that “you can learn a lot about yourself by getting to know another species.” Humphrey learns about humans and the humans he interacts with learn valuable lessons about themselves. He goes home each weekend with a different student, and he makes big changes in every family he visits. His adventures are funny and touching, and they include escaping a nosy dog, helping a grumpy man recover from an illness, and showing a tv-obsessed family that they can learn to enjoy other pastimes. This is a wonderful animal fantasy and I strongly recommend it as a beginning chapter book as well as a great family read-aloud.

Note:  The CPS Library also has the following Humphrey adventures:  Friendship According to Humphrey,  Trouble According to Humphrey, and  Surprises According to Humphrey.  Check them out and make friends with this lovable furball.

More books in the Freddy series!

January 8, 2010

Do you like humorous, adventurous animal fantasies? If so, you might like the “Golden Hamster Saga” by Deitlof Reiche, which consists of five books: I, Freddy; Freddy in Peril; Freddy to the Rescue; The Haunting of Freddy; and Freddy’s Final Quest.

Freddy is a young and daring hamster who is tired of his boring life in the pet shop. In the first book, I, Freddy, he is taken home by a young girl named Sophie. At his new home, he learns to read and write and while Sophie is gone one day, he simply unlatches his cage and sets off for the greatest adventure of his life. During this adventure, he meets a tough cat named William and two snobby guinea pigs named Enrico and Caruso who end up helping him along the way. Translated from German, this heartwarming, humorous story will teach you about courage, facing your fears, and how to enjoy life. There are wonderful line drawings throughout the text, adding to the humor and excitement.

Check out book one and see if it interests you enough to read the whole series!