Betty Birney, funny classroom stories told from the observant POV of a pet hamster. The children were clamoring for a chance to meet the real person behind the funny books they love, so they kept asking for an author visit...but Ms. Birney lives all the way in California, quite the expensive commute to Chicago. But where there's a will, there's a way...
Skype to the rescue!
Packed to capacity, students
were all abuzz when they were invited to the library for a visit with a
"mystery author," and believe me, our cuties were at maximum "squeeeee!"
level when the celebrity was revealed! With a big screen set up so everyone could see and a computer set up so we could communicate, student representatives from
each class were invited to ask questions, and were very interested to
learn that the author does not have a real hamster herself, but a toy
hamster that still serves as some inspiration. Our children and her
"pet" were introduced.
We were very delighted to learn about Ms. Birney's upcoming August book release, MYSTERIES ACCORDING TO HUMPHREY, which is our Stone summer's recommended reading for primary and early elementary families! Of course, while we are waiting, there is also SUMMER ACCORDING TO HUMPHREY and ADVENTURE ACCORDING TO HUMPHREY, and the new upcoming Humphrey books with a nonfiction bend like HUMPHREY'S WORLD OF PETS and HUMPHREY'S HA-HA-HA JOKE BOOK and...and...and...check out all the Humphrey fun in Humphreyville, including plenty of online games and activities and the author's blog!
Newbery award, but since she doesn't, things continue to go wrong. Oh, well, at least it is still available to enjoy, and available in our school and public library...along with all the "Humphreys" we can get our hands on!