Friday, November 27, 2009

A Hamster that Reads?

Hey, everyone. Patches here. It's Friday again and time for my book suggestion of the week.

Would you believe a hamster that reads? Yup. Mayra Calvani has written a story about Humberto, the Bookworm Hamster. Kit Grady illustrated the story, and Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. published the book. You gotta love Humberto. Here's my review.

Humberto is a book-reading hamster. He loves books so much he reads when he’s cooking. He reads when he’s eating, and he reads when he’s brushing his teeth. When he exercises on the wheel, the only time he’s not reading, he imagines himself as the characters in the books and he travels to other lands and even to outer space. Books are his only friends. He doesn’t have time for the other creatures that live in the woods. The skunk and the rabbit, the squirrel and the hedgehog, and the blind beaver try to make friends with Humberto, but he’s too busy reading to play games or visit with them. Then one day a disaster occurs, and Humberto makes a startling discovery.

Ms. Calvani has written a lovely story about leaning what’s important in life. Ms. Grady’s illustrations bring the animals alive for young readers. Their expressions are just perfect, and complement the story action. As for Humberto, who wouldn’t love a hamster that not only reads but listens to audio books when he sleeps? This is a great book to share with your little ones at bedtime. Be prepared, parents, to read the story more than once. I recommend Humberto, the Bookworm Hamster for children, parents, grandparents, animal lovers, and everyone who enjoys a good read.

Happy reading.


  1. Thank you so much for your wonderful review!!!! :-)

  2. You're welcome, Mayra.

    This is a great story for kids. I enjoyed reading it, and hope it will instill a love for books for young readers.