Review : Hugo The Happy Starfish

August 13, 2013

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


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!


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.


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

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  • Suzy Liebermann

    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.

    August 13, 2013 at 5:05 am Reply
    • AKee88

      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.

      August 21, 2013 at 11:55 pm Reply
  • Terry Macri (@CandidaJourney)

    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!!

    August 15, 2013 at 10:45 pm Reply
    • AKee88

      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!

      August 21, 2013 at 11:56 pm Reply
  • Wondermom Wannabe (@WondermomWannab)

    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.

    August 15, 2013 at 10:45 pm Reply
    • AKee88

      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.

      August 21, 2013 at 11:58 pm Reply
  • Melinda Dunne (@MelindaDunne)

    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.

    August 15, 2013 at 11:56 pm Reply
    • AKee88

      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!

      August 22, 2013 at 12:00 am Reply
  • mommasbacon

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

    August 16, 2013 at 12:06 am Reply
    • AKee88

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

      August 22, 2013 at 12:01 am Reply
  • cynthial1956

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

    August 16, 2013 at 12:24 am Reply
    • AKee88

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

      August 22, 2013 at 12:01 am Reply
  • Samantha

    awesome.. my daughter would love that

    August 16, 2013 at 12:25 am Reply
    • AKee88

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

      August 22, 2013 at 12:02 am Reply
  • pamatiw

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

    August 16, 2013 at 5:46 am Reply
    • AKee88

      Thank you! It truly is a great book!

      August 22, 2013 at 12:02 am Reply
  • Aida ingram

    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….

    August 16, 2013 at 11:52 am Reply
    • AKee88

      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!

      August 22, 2013 at 12:04 am Reply
  • Becca

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

    August 16, 2013 at 12:17 pm Reply
    • AKee88

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

      August 22, 2013 at 12:05 am Reply
  • Kristyn

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

    August 16, 2013 at 12:37 pm Reply
    • AKee88

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

      August 22, 2013 at 12:05 am Reply
  • Jutta Lenihan

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

    August 16, 2013 at 1:46 pm Reply
    • AKee88

      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!!

      August 22, 2013 at 12:06 am Reply
  • Dawn ~ Spatulas On Parade

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

    August 16, 2013 at 3:36 pm Reply
    • AKee88

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

      August 22, 2013 at 12:07 am Reply
  • Sarah

    Aw this looks like such a cute book :) x

    August 16, 2013 at 3:39 pm Reply
    • AKee88

      Sarah, It truly is!

      August 22, 2013 at 12:07 am Reply
  • Dawn Lopez

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

    August 16, 2013 at 3:55 pm Reply
    • AKee88

      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.

      August 22, 2013 at 12:08 am Reply
  • melanie

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

    August 16, 2013 at 4:49 pm Reply
    • AKee88

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

      August 22, 2013 at 12:09 am Reply
  • Ondria Witt

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

    August 17, 2013 at 1:46 am Reply
    • AKee88

      Please do! It is totally worth it!!!

      August 22, 2013 at 12:13 am Reply
  • Diane Nassy (@philZENdia)

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

    August 17, 2013 at 2:25 am Reply
    • AKee88

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

      August 22, 2013 at 12:14 am Reply
  • Mel Cole

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

    August 23, 2013 at 12:12 am Reply
    • AKee88

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

      August 23, 2013 at 12:39 pm Reply
  • Growing Up Madison

    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.

    August 23, 2013 at 12:26 am Reply
    • AKee88

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

      August 23, 2013 at 12:40 pm Reply

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