Review : Hugo The Happy Starfish

Recently, I was selected to do a review for a children’s book.
Hugo: The Secret to Happiness

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Hugo has a nice little series going on! Hugo The Happy Starfish is about helping children. Hugo wants to show children how to be positive in life, how happiness can be learned and to be confident.

As a person, I am happy that this series as been created! But as a person who has never been confident, struggled to find happiness and has had a very hard time staying positive, I am stoked about this series. But the mom in me is even more stoked.

I have a 5 year old son and and as a single mom I struggle everyday when it comes to certain things in my sons life. It’s not a easy job raising a child and trying to instill values in him. The Hugo series has a nice collection of books that will help your child along!

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The version of the book I received was a Ebook. Thankfully, Kindle has a app that can be added to almost any smart phone or tablet! You can get the app from Google Play here.

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The illustrations in this book are super cute. They are very colorful which is great because it will capture a child’s interest.  I love that the characters are underwater creatures! My son loves fish! He thinks they are fascinating!

For the book itself, I really enjoyed it. The only thing I wasn’t a fan of is when Hugo realized that sharing makes him happy there is no mention of him sharing his fortune that he found. He bought all the things he wanted and that did no make him happy. I would think sharing his fortune with others who are maybe less fortunate would really make him happy and show that sharing is really caring.

Overall I love this book and all the positive things that come from it. It is a book I am happy to read to my son!

Suzy Liebermann has done a great job creating this serious. It is important for us to instill values in our children. There are so many children out there that don’t understand what it is to be happy unless they have the newest gadgets or the newest clothes. Kids feel that it is okay to pick on one another. I am sadden when I hear children are being pulled out of elementary school because of bullies or children are committing suicide. This is stuff that should not be happening!

There is always something to smile about, The grass is always greener on the other side.

“There is always a light at the end of the tunnel, the trick is not be afraid of the dark while you find it.”

I highly recommend this book as well as others from the Hugo series.

Hugo Books | About Suzy Liebermann

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Amanda Kee

40 Comments

  1. Reply

    Suzy Liebermann

    August 13, 2013

    Amanda, thank you for your great review!

    The book is based on a Chinese Proverb, the proverb is not about sharing wealth it is about not needing monetary/ physical wealth to be happy.
    The book really does not talk about what Hugo does with his wealth while he has it. You are assuming that he does not share it but it does not say that in the book. He might share it, however, as “sharing your monetary wealth” is not the subject of the book – this was not addressed explicitly in this particular book.
    Hugo shares what he has most of and what is dearest to him, which is his big heart – something that comes from within – something everybody has no matter how rich or poor they are.

    The book is also written for children to understand the sickness of Leukemia, which is a very hard topic to explain to a child. By sharing your blood you can make somebody else happy and give them “more life” – this has really nothing to do with sharing wealth or material things – that is why in this book Hugo does not share his things – it is not important – only what he has got inside is what really matters. I agree, children need to learn to share their toys !!! … this is subject of another book to come out soon ;)

    Thank you for your active readership and I will consider this point for clarification in future editions of the book.

    • Reply

      AKee88

      August 21, 2013

      I can totally see your point. I thought about it after I posted and I was thinking from my point of view, but for a child they wouldn’t know the difference if he did or didn’t share. I am still in love this book and truly thankful you allowed me and my son to review.

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    Terry Macri (@CandidaJourney)

    August 15, 2013

    I have a small Grandson and two small Granddaughters, I love any book that instills values that kids so badly need today. Thank you so much for a great review!! http://www.myjourneywithcandida.com/

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      AKee88

      August 21, 2013

      Terry, I highly recommend this book! I will be posting another review for ‘The Last Bully’ and I am excited! She has created an amazing serious that I am honored to talk about!

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    Wondermom Wannabe (@WondermomWannab)

    August 15, 2013

    I have heard so many great things about this series. I wish I had found it when my kids were younger. I recommend it to my friends with younger children though since everyone does seem to love them and their positive messages.

    • Reply

      AKee88

      August 21, 2013

      I can totally understand that! I wish I had these books as a child! I had so many books that I actually donated to my middle school teacher who was taking them to another country during the summer break because their government or whatever was banning all kinds of books and the children needed books they could read.

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    Melinda Dunne (@MelindaDunne)

    August 15, 2013

    This looks and sounds like a great book. The illustrations are very nice too. I think it is ok that the book doesn’t discuss sharing his fortune. I really think we need to empower children so they can make their own choices in life, while sharing is nice it is also nice to have children that have boundaries and positive self esteem.

    • Reply

      AKee88

      August 22, 2013

      I can totally see your point. I just feel it’s important for our children to realize that sharing is very important. I can say my son wouldn’t know the difference but I still feel it’s important. I am always making my son clean out his toy box to donate to other children because it’s important to give to those less fortunate!

  5. Reply

    mommasbacon

    August 16, 2013

    I love the cute and color pictures. I also love reading positive books to my daughter. Great recommendation!

    • Reply

      AKee88

      August 22, 2013

      They are. I have one of the books and I am in love with all the bright colors!!

  6. Reply

    cynthial1956

    August 16, 2013

    Great illustrations! I bet any child would love this. Great review!

    • Reply

      AKee88

      August 22, 2013

      Thank you! My son loves it! He loves underwater creatures so this was perfect for him!

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    Samantha

    August 16, 2013

    awesome.. my daughter would love that

    • Reply

      AKee88

      August 22, 2013

      =) I hope you are able to purchase these! I would love to hear your opinion on them!!

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    pamatiw

    August 16, 2013

    Great review. Sounds like a wonderful book that my little niece would love.

    • Reply

      AKee88

      August 22, 2013

      Thank you! It truly is a great book!

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    Aida ingram

    August 16, 2013

    I so agree with everything that you have said. I just read a post from another mom about an 8 year old who wanted $89 sneakers. Kids don’t need all that, and it is great to show them that early on, otherwise they will spend their lives chasing trophies only to find they didn’t hold the value they thought….

    • Reply

      AKee88

      August 22, 2013

      Thank you! Every parent wants their child to have more then they did and that is natural but I want my son to understand it will not be handed to him. There are so many important things in life and material items are not one of them! I am so in love with this series!

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    Becca

    August 16, 2013

    This looks like a nice book :) I’m sure my girls would enjoy it!

    • Reply

      AKee88

      August 22, 2013

      I hope you are able to but it for them!!

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    Kristyn

    August 16, 2013

    how cute does this book look!?!? this is something my daughter would love!

    • Reply

      AKee88

      August 22, 2013

      =D I hope you are able to purchase it for them!

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    Jutta Lenihan

    August 16, 2013

    What a cute book! Mine is a little too old for it, otherwise I would have got it right now!

    • Reply

      AKee88

      August 22, 2013

      Haha, It’s scary to say they are too old for something! I dread those days. I can’t even believe my son is going to school next week!!

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    Dawn ~ Spatulas On Parade

    August 16, 2013

    I will have to tell my oldest son about these books. he has a 2 almost 3 year old.

    • Reply

      AKee88

      August 22, 2013

      Yes! Great to start them young so they are into books!!! I love reading!!!

  14. Reply

    Sarah

    August 16, 2013

    Aw this looks like such a cute book :) x

    • Reply

      AKee88

      August 22, 2013

      Sarah, It truly is!

  15. Reply

    Dawn Lopez

    August 16, 2013

    What an adorable book… I love sharing books with my son that have a deeper meaning and something to learn. This looks perfect!

    • Reply

      AKee88

      August 22, 2013

      It really is great! It’s not something I see a lot of these days. I am totally raving about these books because it is so important to instill these values into our children.

  16. Reply

    melanie

    August 16, 2013

    sounds like such a cute book :) My daughter would probably love it.

    • Reply

      AKee88

      August 22, 2013

      =) I am sure she would! Hope you can get it for her!

  17. Reply

    Ondria Witt

    August 17, 2013

    My son would enjoy this- we’ll have to check it out!

    • Reply

      AKee88

      August 22, 2013

      Please do! It is totally worth it!!!

  18. Reply

    Diane Nassy (@philZENdia)

    August 17, 2013

    I love books like this for kids that have some meaning to them.

    • Reply

      AKee88

      August 22, 2013

      Diana, So do i! It’s so important for children to learn this stuff!

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    Mel Cole

    August 23, 2013

    Heard many positive reviews about this book. It’s nice that they are going international like they are producing copies in different languages.

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      AKee88

      August 23, 2013

      It’s a really good book!! I’m happy that this one is going internationally! It’s so important for out children!!

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    Growing Up Madison

    August 23, 2013

    She has a really great series here. I just did a review on The Last Bully and although it was a little over Madison’s head being only a year old but great for an older child.

    • Reply

      AKee88

      August 23, 2013

      Hehe, I actually am writing the review for that book now! =) Loved that one too!

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