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Posted January 13, 2012
Joey is a kid who just can't seem to sit still, follow directions, share or listen. Others get mad at Joey, and since he doesn't feel like he fits in he does silly things that he knows he isn't suppose to do. This tends to get Joey in trouble again and again, and since he doesn't tell anyone how much trouble he has following directions he goes misunderstood. Howard comes to the rescue when Joey loses his two pet chameleons in school and gets in trouble. With help of his new great friend Howard, Joey learns nothing is really wrong with him and Howard helps him learn how to listen.
My son is four years old, and he loved this book. One thing he was just tickled about was the book was signed! He tells everyone that Howard the bunny signed his book. He can identify with Joey in many ways when it comes to sharing, and having trouble following directions. This is a wonderful story about fitting in and letting others help you succeed in the process. It was very heart warming, and most children can identify easily with this book. It's especially great for younger children who are still in the process of finding their unique personality which can sometimes frustrate them and make them act out when they are left misunderstood. Not only is it full of compassionate lessons children can learn easily from, there is a fun feature that makes this book uniquely interactive. On all the pages where the chameleons are hiding you can help spot them. This keeps children absorbed in the book, and teaches great focusing skills. It's a really fun "hide and seek" game that keeps young children immersed in the pages easily. We also really loved that the illustrations are plentiful, colorful, and very well detailed. For young children who love illustrations and enjoy pictures that is a huge plus.
All in all I would definetely recommend this book and series in general. I received this book for free for review purposes, but I am eager to check out the rest of the series. We are a huge Howard B. Wigglebottom fan now for sure. What a great way to help teach children important life lessons while helping them feel good about themselves in the process.