[Review] Humpfree: The Humpless Camel – Julia Dweck

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Julia Dweck strikes again with yet another greatly illustrated rhyming story. This time it is about Humpfree, a camel who doesn’t have any humps.

The story is about a Humpfree, a camel who notices that he is different and goes off in search of some humps in order to fit in with the other camels. He is so determined to be like the other camels that his search leads him to some strange ideas for humps.

As you can see from the cover picture he tries balloons tied to string in order to fit in, but they don’t last long thanks to some pesky birds! He tried boulders, feathers and even porcupines, but none of them worked.

Downhearted he comes across a man who tells him that he is special, and that there is nothing wrong with that.

The message throughout this story is clear and even my son was aware of it, and this story actually came to us at the right time as we are teaching him all about how being different isn’t a bad thing, and that everyone is different in some shape or form.

True to form we have some fun facts at the end of the book –  I actually love this little feature in Julia’s books 🙂


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About the Author

Julia writes children’s stories for digital and traditional publication. Her stories span the spectrum of humor, fantasy, and edutainment in rhyme and in prose. Julia’s background in elementary education affords her the opportunity to be in touch with what children want to read about and what makes them giggle. Julia collaborates with some of the leading artists in the world of children’s literature. Julia is also a designer of educational adjuncts for children’s literature, and has worked with such notable publishing houses as Penguin Young Readers.

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 I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


Humpfree: The Humpless Camel Book Cover Humpfree: The Humpless Camel
Julia Dweck
Xist Publishing
5 October 2013

“Now Humpfree Camel had no humps.
His back was free of any lumps.
While others had one bump or two,
Just where were Humpfree’s? No one knew.”

Humpfree’s back is as flat as a pancake and he’s not taking it lying down. He’s off on a wild search looking for his humps, but there are lots of bumps along the way. What would you do if you were a humpless, bumpless camel?

Readers will enjoy the humor and rhyme of this adventure, based on scientists’ true discovery of a new flat back camel species in East Africa. Young explorers will be fascinated by Mrs. Dweck’s true and amazing fun facts about camels to extend the learning. It all adds up to one entertaining adventure for young readers.


I am Fee, a 30 -something SAHM bookworm! I love to read, and will read almost anything and everything. I am not afraid to try new genres of books and my main genre is horror, thriller.

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