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A Porcupine Named Fluffy [NOOK Book]

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The humor is just absurd enough to make the picture-book set howl along with Hippo and Fluffy.” –New York Times Book Review

Fluffy the porcupine is unhappy with his name: “So he decided to become fluffier.” He climbs a tree and pretends to be a cloud! He even poses as a pillow. (His mother is not pleased when she sits on him.) When Fluffy meets a rhinoceros named Hippo, it puts his plight in perspective…and he makes a friend. This terrific tribute to self-acceptance—complete ...

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Overview

The humor is just absurd enough to make the picture-book set howl along with Hippo and Fluffy.” –New York Times Book Review

Fluffy the porcupine is unhappy with his name: “So he decided to become fluffier.” He climbs a tree and pretends to be a cloud! He even poses as a pillow. (His mother is not pleased when she sits on him.) When Fluffy meets a rhinoceros named Hippo, it puts his plight in perspective…and he makes a friend. This terrific tribute to self-acceptance—complete with the cutest porcupine pictures on the planet—is now part of a fun, hardcover series about life lessons.

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

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Editorial Reviews

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.
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"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 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547347400
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/30/1989
  • Series: Laugh-Along Lessons
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 789,662
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 140L (what's this?)
  • File size: 11 MB
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Meet the Author

Helen Lester and Lynn Munsinger have been together through thick and thin since first publishing The Wizard, the Fairy, and the Magic Chicken in 1983. They have collaborated on the hilarious Tacky the Penguin series and many other wildly funny and popular titles, including the award-winning Hooway for Wodney Wat. Helen Lester is a full-time writer who makes her home in New York, and Lynn Munsinger is a full-time illustrator living in Vermont.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2012

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  • Posted May 30, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Perky Penguin Teaches and Delights

    If ever there is a story to illustrate that being yourself is just perfect, it is this delightful tale of Tacky the Penguin. This is a book that needs to be a staple in any home library for children. For days when kids may feel out of sync with the world, Tacky will help them find themselves instep with...well, themselves and that is just fine for the very thing that we may feel awkward about is the very quality that endearing...or in Tacky's case, saves the day!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2001

    good :o)

    i read this first in 3rd grade, and it was the first book that showed me that individuality is good. i still love this book today :o)

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2012

    Good book by hugh butes

    The most
    Awesome non-
    Chicken
    King (hes a penguin)
    Yeah!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 12, 2011

    good book

    great book :.)

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  • Posted March 27, 2011

    love it!

    i loved this book growing up and i read my copy i still have to my son. he loves tacky!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    FUNNY!

    SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO FUNNY!

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  • Posted March 15, 2011

    love!!!

    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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  • Posted December 28, 2010

    love this book!

    i enjoyed this book as a child, and now my children love tacky! tacky the penguin rocks, and individuality rules! tacky the penguin is my hero.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2010

    celebrate individuality

    an awesome book for kids but fun to read as an adult as well, tacky shows us why its ok to be different.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2010

    A True Individual

    This is one of my favorite children's books - all about those who march to their own beat and how sometimes they are the one to save the day.

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  • Posted April 11, 2010

    Tacky Lives On

    Prior to a visit to our school by author Helen Lester, I was in need of more copies of the beloved "Tacky the Penguin." I was delighted to find copies easily, and even more delighted to learn that Helen Lester has written another Tacky adventure, due out in the Fall. Our kindergartners and first graders can hardly wait!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2007

    A reviewer

    tacky the penguin books had always been interesting 2 me. always loved em. i remember when my 1st grade teacher always read these 4 read a loud!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2006

    Awesome book

    This book was funny. An odd bird saved the day! The hunters were not so tough and Tacky was the hero. Our class loved this book. If you are looking for a funny story, this is it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2006

    My Favorite Children's Book Ever...

    This is my favorite Childrens book. Tacky is a character that teaches even us grown up a lesson: even the craziest looking individual has a whole lot to offer. I highly recommend this book to everyone:)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2002

    Great Lesson/Great Laughs

    This is a wonderful, clever and sweet story about a goofy penguin that saves the day. Important to read with lots of imagination and creativity which will surely bring on lots of laughs from your child!

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