Synopses & Reviews
EEK-EEK-EEK! Mrs. Brisbane is missing!
Humphrey has always investigated things, like why Speak-Up-Sayeh was so quiet and Tall-Paul and Small-Paul didn't get along, but this is a true mystery--Mrs. Brisbane is missing! She just didn't show up in Room 26 one morning and no one told Humphrey why. The class has a substitute teacher, called Mr. E., but he's no Mrs. Brisbane. Humphrey has just learned about Sherlock Holmes, so he vows to be just as SMART-SMART-SMART about collecting clues and following leads to solve the mystery of Mrs. Brisbane (and a few others along the way).
Nominated for twenty-four state awards and the winner of seven, the Humphrey series is a hit across the country.
Awards and Honors:The World According to Humphrey
Winner Children’s Crown AwardWinner Iowa Children’s Choice AwardWinner Rhode Island Children’s Book AwardWinner Pennsylvania’s Keystone to Reading Book AwardWinner Maryland’s Black-Eyed Susan AwardWinner Oklahoma’s Sequoyah Book Award Winner Washington State’s Sasquatch Reading Award Winner Golden Sower Award (NE)Maud Hart Lovelace Award 2nd Place (MN)Massachusetts Children’s Book Award Honor Book Nevada Young Readers Award Nominee
Sunshine State Award Master List (FL)Louisiana Young Readers Choice Award NomineePennsylvania Young Readers Choice Award NomineeSouth Carolina Children’s Book Award NomineeNorth Carolina Children’s Book Award NomineeBeehive Award Nominee (UT)Young Hoosier Award Nominee (IN)Bluestem Book Award Nominee (IL)Kennebec Valley Book Award Nominee (ME)Bank St. Children’s Book Committee Starred Best Book of the Year North Carolina Battle of the Books
Friendship According to Humphrey
2006 Christopher Award Winner, Winner Children’s Crown Award, Bank St. Children’s Book Committee Best Book of the Year, Iowa Children’s Choice Nominee, New York Library Association Best Book of the SeasonSub rights sold by agent: UK, Japan, Holland, Hungary, ArabicTrouble According to Humphrey
A Bank Street Children’s Book Committee Best Book of the Year, Children’s Crown Award Nominee, Land of Enchantment Book Award Nominee (NM)Surprises According to Humphrey
A BookSense Pick, Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List Selection, Iowa Children’s Choice Nominee, Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List, California Collection Selection.Adventure According to Humphrey
Land of Enchantment Book Award Nominee (NM), Children’s Crown Award Honor BookSummer According to Humphrey
SCIBA Book Award Finalist, California Collection selection, Children’s Crown Award nominee
About the Author
Betty G. Birney has written episodes for numerous children's television shows, including The New Adventures of Madeleine, Doug, and Bobby's World, as well as after-school specials and a television movie, Mary Christmas. She has won many awards for her television work, including an Emmy, three Humanitas Prizes, and a Writers Guild of America award.
In addition to the Humphrey books, she is the author of The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs and The Princess and the Peabodys.
A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Betty lives in Los Angeles with her husband, an actor.