From the Publisher
"Munsinger's bright, cheery pictures are as whimsical as Lester's delightfully silly text." Publishers Weekly
Children's Literature - Katie Kemple
Mr. and Mrs. Porcupine consider a lot of names for their babySpike, Lance, Needleroozer, Prickles, and Pokeybut none are so pretty as Fluffy. As Fluffy grows older, he begins to notice something odd. He is not fluffy at all. He sticks to doors, pokes holes in mattresses, and ruins an umbrella with his long quills. Attempts to imitate fluffy clouds and pillows end in disaster. Bubble bath, whipped cream, and marshmallows don't help either. Then one day he meets a tough rhinoceros who wants to rough him up. When Fluffy reveals his name, the rhinoceros erupts in laughter. It turns out the rhinoceros has an equally ill-fitting name: Hippo. Fluffy and Hippo bond over their similarly unexpected names and become fast friends. Children are sure to connect with the playful illustrations and humorous language in this story. Fluffy's attempts to change his quills involve a good deal of creative problem-solving, in addition to being silly. In the end, Fluffy's name becomes an asset and saves him from being bullied by Hippo. This story could be used to prompt classroom discussions about problem-solving, friendship and acceptance. Reviewer: Katie Kemple
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Should Mr. and Mrs. Porcupine name their baby Lance? Needleroozer? Quillian? Perhaps they should, but they don't. Instead they decide on the unlikely name of Fluffy. Fluffy's name is a source of sorrow to the sharp-quilled youngster, until he meets and befriends a rhinoceros named . . . Hippo! Munsinger's bright, cheery pictures are as whimsical as Lester's delightfully silly text. Together, they create nicely absurd images, such as a scene in which Fluffy and Hippo roll on the ground, laughing so hard that they start to cry. Lester and Munsingerwho have collaborated on other picture bookstell a sweet story with joyful exuberance. (38)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2 A rather slight story that is elevated by Munsinger's very funny full-color illustrations. After a singularly unfluffy porcupine named Fluffy fails to become what his name describes, he meets a fierce rhinoceros who sees the humor in his own name, Hippo. Of course, the two become fast friends and discover the truth in the saying, ``a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.'' Munsinger's porcupines are as spiney and prickly as ever seen in a picture book to date, and Fluffy's unsuccessful guest for fluffiness is a spine-tickling way for young readers to learn that there are things about each of us that we cannot change no matter how hard we try. A solid addition to any picture book collection and one that will enliven a story hour. Patricia Homer, Lowville School Library, N.Y.