I have become a fan of a new book series about Hugo the Starfish! In my first review my son and I had read Hugo: The Secret to Happiness where Hugo the Starfish learned that many material items cannot fill the void of Happiness as when you have friends around to share with.
In this second book I now have titled Hugo The Last Bully by Suzy Liebermann, Hugo finds himself defending a small clownfish that is being teased by a bigger Barracuda. Hugo stands up to the Barracuda and together Hugo and his new Clownfish friend start a Anti Bully Club. One by one they gain new members to this club. The members are bullies who end up bullied a fish even bigger then themselves. This book offers the value of respect and working as a team to do good for others.
The book offers some introductory Spanish and a Vocabulary page at the end. The last page also offers an activity where your child can create their own Anti-Bully Club sign as well as space to draw or write about how they would help out in an Anti-Bully Club.
My son loved the book. The bullying and Bullied have a cycle throughout the book. A small fish is bullied by a bigger fish who thinks he is best because he is bigger. That bully is warned that there are always bigger fish in the sea. Sure enough the bully becomes bullied by a bigger fish. Then that bigger bully is bullied by an even bigger fish and so it cycles and at age 4, my son loved how predictable it was and we were a little over halfway through when he’d blurt out “Uh On, you will be bullied by a bigger fish!” He got it quick and he really responded to the bits of Spanish thrown in and wanted to understand how to translate the phrases.
The illustrations are very colorful and simple enough to enjoy the scenes. You can find Hugo books for sale at Amazon!
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