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Book Review: Hugo The Happy Starfish


Hugo The Happy Starfish The Secret To Happiness by Suzy Liebermann

About the Book: Hugo is a little starfish. He finds his life dull. Tired of feeling sad, one day he sets off to find happiness. After much searching, he discovers something that makes his heart do a somersault! Sharing with others is the only thing that makes him truly happy; all other things just made him feel better for a little while.

My Review: This is another fun and interesting book by Suzy Liebermann dealing with character development. Hugo is a happy starfish who is sad and went in search of happiness. On his way he met his good friend Magic Manta, the wisest of all sea creatures. Hugo told Magic Manta that he is traveling the ocean in search of happiness. Manta suggested that he look for happiness where he lives but Hugo couldn’t find happiness and was disappointed. After a few suggestions from Manta about Hugo taking a nap, going fishing, and going out with a friend, take a year off nothing worked. Hugo wanted to be happy forever and not for a day or for a year. Then it came to mind that he would like to share his heart with others by finding others who need help. Hugo changed and learned to share without looking at what he could get in return.

This book is not only colorful and fun but it’s based on a positive attitude that leads to happiness, self confident and a successful person. I highly recommend for classroom teaching.


Hugo The Happy Starfish “THE LAST BULLY” by Suzy Liebermann

About the Book: Hugo is a little starfish and so it’s not surprising that in this story he comes across several bigger fish in the ocean. Sadly, they are bigger fish with the wrong attitudes – they are bullies! After seeing his friend getting bullied, Hugo decides enough is enough. He forms the Anti-Bully Club and teaches the bullies a valuable lesson about respect.

By working together as a group, Hugo and his friends manage to show the bullies that there is always a bigger fish in the sea and that happiness comes from respecting others not bullying them.

My Review: As Hugo the Happy Starfish was swimming through the ocean he came across his friend Clooney Clownfish followed by Bandit the Barracuda. Hugo could hear Bandit taunting Clooney, calling him nerdy and big eyes with small fins and green skin. Clooney was crying and Hugo told him to ignore his disrespectful behavior. Bandit felt like he was the biggest fish in the entire ocean.

So Hugo and Clooney decided to form an Anti Bully Club for someone had to stand up to the bullies of the sea world. They wanted the bullies know that what goes around comes around and there’s always a bigger fish in the ocean.

A great book that teaches children respect for others and that being different is okay. And don’t forget to tell your children that the best way to deal with bullies is to tell someone about it.
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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.


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July 13, 2012 - Posted by | Book Review | , , ,


  1. Can I say how much I love the Hugo books. And the fact that they deal with being bullied makes it a definite read with the kids. Thanks so much.Thanks for the review.
    Carol L.
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

    Comment by Carol L. | July 14, 2012 | Reply

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