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Book Review and Giveaway: Hugo The Happy Starfish. Ends Sept 6th


Hugo The Happy Starfish  written and illustrated by Suzy Liebermann

Hugo is a little starfish living in the big green ocean. Everyday Hugo smiles and makes other creatures happy and doing that makes Hugo happy. But one day Hugo stops smiling. He begins to feel small and ugly, convinced that nobody likes him. Hugo decides that he should try to be more like the Magic Manta so that everyone will like him. Join Hugo on his journey as he discovers that being himself is the best way to be and only way to be happy.

My Review: This is a fun and interesting book for every household and classroom. When we find something we don’t like about ourselves, we look for ways to change things. When Hugo met Magic Manta he told him that he was small and ugly and if only he could be big and handsome. So Magic Manta granted Hugo six magic wishes. So Hugo wished to be big and handsome. But when he saw his new look he said to Magic Manta that he looks ugly. So Hugo learnt an important lesson, the lesson was to appreciate who he is. Children needs to learn to have confident, be content and happy with who they are and how they look.

This book teaches a simple introduction to Spanish language, lessons of character, ecological alertness and life skills. I highly recommend this book.

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

 Giveaway (US ONLY)

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Giveaway Ends September  6th  @ 12 noon

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August 25, 2011 - Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. My niece has been very interested in the oceans recently, I know she’d enjoy Hugo and this book. My cousin would love to read it to all of her kids too. Thank you for the giveaway! edysicecreamlover18ATgmailDOTcom

    Comment by Krystal Larson | August 25, 2011 | Reply

  2. My 5 year old grandson is very curious about sea life & since we live at the beach this would be perfect to read when he comes for a visit. Thanks for the chance!

    Comment by Ruthie B | August 25, 2011 | Reply

  3. I think that everybody feels this way about themselves at some point. For children, reading about a lovable, sweet character, who feels the same way they do, might be able to feel better about themselves.

    Comment by Cassandra | August 25, 2011 | Reply

  4. I have often felt like Hugo. What a great and fun way for children to learn an important lesson. Would luv to read it and share with grandchild. I really enjoy your blog.


    Comment by Tea Norman (@topazshell5) | August 26, 2011 | Reply

  5. Hugo sounds wonderful. It don’t matter what age we are I think we are always looking to be someone else. Maybe hugo can help kids understand its ok to be you!

    Comment by Larissa | August 26, 2011 | Reply

  6. I love when children can learn important lessons through reading books. It’s so important for young children to relate to characters in books going through the same problems. Thanks for this chance.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

    Comment by Carol L. | August 27, 2011 | Reply

  7. I like books that encourage children to look for their strengths and to feel good about who they are. This sounds great.

    lovelydomesticdiva (at) gmail (dot) com

    Comment by domestic diva | August 27, 2011 | Reply

  8. What a great lesson book for all children, and even adults! It’s so hard to accept ourselves for who we are and how we look, etc., even as adults, which makes it really hard to teach this lesson to kids. This book sounds like it would really help with that:)

    Comment by Julie Witt | August 27, 2011 | Reply

  9. Books that teach character lessons are my favorite to read with my children. I think books help them to learn lessons because they can understand more with stories with pictures and age appropriate characters.

    Comment by Daily Woman | August 28, 2011 | Reply

  10. My grandson turns 5 years old on Labor Day. This would be a wonderful book to read with him as it teaches such an important lesson. We need to learn to be happy with ourselves just as we are. He may be confident now – just as Hugo – but that might change if he gets in with the wrong group at school. Even as adults, we need to accept each other just as we are and not push ourselves to be something that we are not.

    Comment by Christine W | August 30, 2011 | Reply

  11. Hugo sounds a looks adorable. It is so important for children to learn to love themselves and to realize how special and fantastic they are just the way they are. This books seems like a great way to teach this to children.

    Comment by Lauren S | August 31, 2011 | Reply

  12. This book sounds like the perfect book to read to my daughter’s 2nd grade class. What an important lesson! It is so important to let kids know that it is okay to be themselves and to be proud of it. I also think that this would provide the perfect opportunity to talk about peer pressure (positive and negative) and how we don’t have to be like others to be “cool”. Thanks for the chance to win this book!

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

    Comment by Nancye Davis | September 4, 2011 | Reply

  13. Looks like a fun book! Our aquarium reads books like this during story time. I’m especially interested in the Spanish vocabulary as we’re trying to introduce that to our children.

    Comment by Susie Chadwick | September 5, 2011 | Reply

  14. What a great way to teach children that being you is the best thing you can be! I’d love to share this with my daughter!!!

    Comment by Erin R | September 5, 2011 | Reply

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