Saturday, October 6, 2012

Book Review: Hello, We're the Fuzzwippers




Hello, We're the Fuzzwippers by Marilynn Halas is a children's book designed to make children be assured that they are wanted and needed.  Fuzzwippers are friends who whisper in the language of "Imaginarius" and are always at your side.

The author, Marilynn Halas is the founder of 4 Sunflowers Media and a life-long advocate for children.  She is an attorney, mediator and certified life coach and has four children of her own.  She hopes to help children learn the skills they need to be happy and balanced.

The book is wonderfully illustrated by Jeremy Provost.  The children in the story are introduced to "Fuzzwippers" which basically look like little colored puff balls.  The Fuzzwippers only speak and whispers in a language that only their special buddy can understand, listening through their ears and their imaginations.  In this book title,  their special message is that they are loved "no matter what."

I think the premise of the book is great.  However, when reading the book, I don't believe my daughter drew a connection that she could have her own Fuzzywipper with such a special message.  It seemed to me that only the children in the book were the ones with Fuzzywippers.  I feel that the book could have been a bit more developed to impress to children that they all have a Fuzzywipper, just like the children in the book, only they aren't visible.  The other thing that did not impress me is the actual word "fuzzwippers."  How is it pronounced?  Is it pronounced whippers or wipers?  Either way, I don't like it.

My six year old daughter enjoyed the book, I think mainly because of the cute illustrations.  I don't think she really got the message that the author was trying to convey.

But overall, it is a cute book and does deliver an important message that they are loved no matter what.    And as the first title in the series, some ground work needed to be laid.  Hopefully, the other titles are more developed.  My six year old daughter enjoyed the book, I think mainly because of the cute illustrations.  She really did not get the message that the author was trying to convey.

Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book for review purposes.  As always, this review contains my honest opinions.

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