Hello, We’re The Fuzzwippers by Marilynn Halas is an introduction book to the Fuzzwippers. As opposed to being a story itself, it introduces children to these fuzzy creatures who have come with the message that “you are loved no matter what.” Throughout the book, the Fuzzwippers tell the children that they are here to help, to make the child feel comfortable, to have fun and to use their imaginations.
As a child from the early 80’s, the Fuzzwippers remind me of the Care Bears, but look more like Rainbow Brite’s Sprite – without eyes and a mouth. The pictures are fun, depicting kids and their personal Fuzzwippers playing and working together with touches of humor that don’t escape a child’s notice – “Mom, look! That one is sitting on her head! That’s so silly!” There is also a website, that tells a little more about the Fuzzwippers and the additional books and toys that are coming soon – including a free Fuzzwipper for your child to own with each book purchase.
While Halas has a great message to share with children via the Fuzzwippers, and my children did enjoy the book (especially the pictures), I can’t say that I enjoyed her writing style. I love children’s literature with depth and a classic voice and both were lacking in this book. However, it could be said to have the voice of a peppy preschool teacher. My children didn’t seem to mind. They enjoyed it and I found them looking at it repetitively throughout the week, but Hello, We’re The Fuzzwippers is not one I would have brought home for them had I read it to them at the book store. Perhaps I would enjoy one of the upcoming storybooks better. If my children keep pulling this one off of the shelf, I will have to consider it.
Alyssa Katanic is a wife and homeschooling mother of 6 children under 10 years old. She loves reading and collecting great books to share with others and knows that one can never have too many!
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by 4 Sunflowers Media. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.