Humphrey the hamster is thrilled to join Room 26 as the class pet, but is devastated when his beloved teacher Ms. Mac turns out to be a substitute – and unable to take him with her when she leaves for Brazil. The new teacher, Mrs. Brisbane, is a wonderful teacher but absolutely hates the idea of taking care of a rodent. Humphrey wonders if he’ll ever feel welcome in the class, despite the adoration of his “classmates”.
This was a cute, funny story that would be perfect as a read-aloud book for elementary aged children. Humphrey has a very strong, distinct voice and a unique perspective on life. His many attempts to help the children who bring him home for the weekend are heartwarming and sweet.
While slight, the story is engaging and sweet. Highly recommended for elementary-aged students.