Humphrey’s Mixed-Up Magic Trick, Betty G. Birney, illustrated by Priscilla Burris

51dweg3iull        Humphrey’s Mixed-Up Magic Trick (Humphrey’s Tiny Tales) – Betty G. Birney, illustrated by Priscilla Burris, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, (9780399172304), 2016

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  4

Genre: Chapter Book

What did you like about the book? In this fifth early reader chapter book, Humphrey the class hamster is learning about Career Day.  Humphrey makes a list of his own career possibilities, which include family pet and “Cheering-Up Hamster.”  At career day, Humphrey is Miranda’s magician assistant and ends up saving the show.  The story is told in four short chapters with numerous two-tone black and grey illustrations to break up the text.  Humphrey is an engaging character who will charm readers.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book? This is the perfect book to hand to readers moving beyond early readers into chapter books.  Younger children will love Humphrey just as much as the older readers who read the original Humphrey series.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Chapter books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?  No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 11/3/16             

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