Hamsters as Classroom Pets: Humphrey vs. Turbo

Do you know a hamster-loving reader? I happen to live with one! Our older daughter has been asking for a hamster for years. For now, the closest we can get is to read about the adventures hamsters have as classroom pets in the following two sets of chapter books. Both are suitable for early readers and for reading aloud. Enjoy!



Humphrey’s Tiny Tales books by Betty G. Birney

Humphrey the hamster is the classroom pet of Room 26 at Longfellow School. Unbeknownst to the teacher and students of Room 26, the lock on Humphrey’s cage is broken, allowing him to escape and have adventures when no one else is around. Another classroom pet, Og the frog, provides comic relief.



Super Turbo books by Lee Kirby

The Super Turbo books are a spin-off of the Captain Awesome series by Stan Kirby. Turbo is the classroom pet of Sunnyview Elementary School Classroom C. His superhero alter ego, Super Turbo, joins up with the other superhero classroom pets of Sunnyview Elementary School to fight evil in their school. The humor in these books never fails to delight both the kids and the adults in our house! The Super Turbo books have more illustrations and less text than the Captain Awesome books, but a similar look and feel.


Which is right for my reader?

While both sets of books are humorous, the Super Turbo books are the clear winners in our household. In the Super Turbo books, the plot tends move at a faster pace and build more suspense. However, the adventures in the Humphrey books usually involve a problem or issue to resolve, rather than a villain or villains, making them appealing for younger readers or those who prefer gentler books.

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