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A Porcupine Named Fluffy

A Porcupine Named Fluffy

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by Helen Lester, Lynn Munsinger (Illustrator), Lynn M. Munsinger

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A porcupine named Fluffy is happier with his name after he meets a similarly misnamed rhinoceros.


A porcupine named Fluffy is happier with his name after he meets a similarly misnamed rhinoceros.

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"Munsinger's bright, cheery pictures are as whimsical as Lester's delightfully silly text." Publishers Weekly
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.
Children's Literature - Katie Kemple
Mr. and Mrs. Porcupine consider a lot of names for their baby—Spike, Lance, Needleroozer, Prickles, and Pokey—but 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

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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8.31(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.18(d)
140L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Helen Lester has written many hilarious and popular picture books, including the Tacky the Penguin series and Hooway for Wodney Wat. She lives in New York. www.helenlester.com

Lynn Munsinger has illustrated more than ninety books for children, many written by her frequent collaborator, Helen Lester. She lives in Vermont.

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A Porcupine Named Fluffy 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Kimberly Bateman More than 1 year ago
I had this book when I was little and it was always one of my favorites. definitely want to have a copy of it for my son when he is old enough to read.
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I loved this book! I used to read it all the time as a kid but I've realized that it's a lot better reading it now!!
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This is a great book for children and adults alike!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I feel goofy liking this book since i am a 14 year old girl, but i just had to tell the world that if you havnt read this book yet you should do it. it only takes a few minutes and it's definitly worth it.. it will brighten up you day, it always does mine.