Humberto, the Bookworm Hamster

2009 EPIC Finalist


Humberto loves books so much; he reads all day long. His neighbors, the squirrel, the rabbit, the skunk, the hedgehog and the beaver want to become his friends, but Humberto doesn’t have time for them. He’s too busy reading! Then one day, disaster strikes and he must choose between saving his books and helping them.


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“Humberto Hamster loves to read everything! Problem is his only friends are the books he loves. That all changes one night after a storm destroys the animals homes. Humberto is devastated that most of his books are ruined. He’s sad until he realizes he’s not as bad off as some of the other animals. Humberto learns that friendship is important too. This is an adorable tale of friendship sure to delight young readers. I loved the story and also the cute illustrations. A fun read aloud. My eight-year-old also loved reading about Humberto and his love of books. A must add to any children’s collection.”
~ Kim Bacciella,

“Humberto is a lonely little soul unwilling to join in the world around him because he has found a world in books. He seems mostly unaware of this but yet at times he senses he is missing something. In the course of this fun tale Humberto learns valuable lessons and he must include the real world in his life. This is a book that will please readers of all ages. The lovely art work lets the reader see the characters in fine detail and they match the story beautifully. Together, the story and pictures make for a great reading experience. I’m pleased to recommend this book to anyone looking for a book to share with a child. I know you’ll enjoy it.”
~Anne K. Edwards, author of Jeremy and the Dragon

“When Humberto chooses to help the animals who suffered from the flood, he does so in the best tradition of the storybook heroes he admires. Kit Grady’s illustrations are charming, positive, and full of expression. All in all, Humberto the Bookworm Hamster is a fun book with a heartwarming message delivered in a subtle way that is never preachy. This book should entertain kids through several readings.”
~ Vicky Smith, Amazon Reviewer

“Ms. Calvani has written a lovely story about learning what’s important in life. Ms. Grady’s illustrations capture the characters’ personalities perfectly, down to the spectacles perched on Humberto’s nose. This is a great book to share with your little ones at bedtime or anytime they want to cuddle with you. Be prepared, parents, to read the story over and over again. I recommend Humberto, the Bookworm Hamster for children, parents, grandparents, animal lovers, and everyone who enjoys a fun read with a gentle message.”
~ Beverly McClure, YA author

“Parents and teachers can use this delightful picture book as a starting place to discuss important issues with children. Is Humberto doing too much reading? Is he ignoring “real life” for the fantasy life of books? What is the proper response when disaster hits? This is a book children will want to hear over and over.”
~Lila Guzman, Ph.D.

“In addition to a charming story, the illustrations in Humberto, the Bookworm Hamster are amazing. They are bright, bold, and fanciful. They are sure to capture every child’s attention and imagination.”
~ Karen Cioffi, Writing For Children

“HUMBERTO, THE BOOKWORM HAMSTER, for readers 4 – 8 years old, is a wonderful book with a message about priorities and friendship. Children will not only learn about the importance of reading, but will also come to see that it’s much more enjoyable when books are shared with friends. Kit Grady, the illustrator, enhances this lovely book with beautiful, colorful drawings of Humberto and his friends. This is a book that children will want to read again and again.”
~ Liliana Monteil-Doucette LA Education Examiner

“Young readers will enjoy the colorful illustrations of Humberto’s stories coming to life in his mind–from sipping tea in Paris, escaping from fire-breathing dragons, and soaring through outer space. And any bookworm will relate to Humberto, not only in the joy of reading, but the joy of sharing a story with others… Hooray for Humberto!”
~ Lori Calabrese, National Children’s Book Examiner

“While many picture books are read once and then forgotten, this little, word-loving hamster has dug himself into the hearts of my children. His tale is one that has been frequently requested in recent days. Humberto brings the book-addict in us back down to earth, and into the loving arms of family and friends.”
~ Jennifer Bogart, Blogcritics Magazine and Quiver Full Family

“This lovely picture book will show your children that selfless acts of kindness are more important than worldly possessions. They’ll also learn that reading is a gift that can be shared. Humberto proves to be every bit a hero, just like the ones he reads about in his books. Your kids will enjoy the story and the colorful illustrations too.”
~ Kathy