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A Porcupine Named Fluffy (Laugh-Along Lessons)

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  740 ratings  ·  103 reviews
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 si ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published October 30th 1989 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1986)
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Amy Musser
Mr. and Mrs. Porcupine were overjoyed at the birth of their first child, but what to name him. Prickles? Needlerozer? Qullian? In the end, they choose Fluffy. But as Fluffy grew up he began to doubt that he was fluffy at all. He had problems that a fluffy porcupine shouldn't have. He poked holes in his mattress when he accidentally rolled over and he had a very unfortunate incident with an umbrella. So he decided to become fluffier. He imitated pillows, covered himself in whipped cream, and ate ...more
Now I gave it a three because I really enjoyed it. It was too over the head of the preschoolers and even the illustrations weren't enough to keep them interested. But my 5-yr-old paid attention somewhat, even though he grew listless in the end. But perhaps it wasn't the right time of day for us. Everyone seemed a little distracted so I'll probably give this one another try soon. At least a level 1 reading level, the adorable pictures and cute story to accompany it will bring smiles to at least s ...more
I love it when people share their favorite books with me. You receive one as a gift and it is like getting a little piece of that person together with the book. For my birthday this year my sister shared this little gem with me. She said it was a favorite book of her five year old triplets. Now it is a favorite here at my house, too.

I have to smile at the way FLUFFY made the rounds through my family. The day it arrived in the mail, I read it to my two little boys at lunch. They giggled and laug
Oh my goodness. So silly, with a nugget of a lesson about loving yourself just as you are, no matter what ridiculous name your parents have saddled you with. Love the facial expressions and body language!
This may end up being my favorite Lester book. Funny all throughout. Fabulous illustrations to go with the story. A fun twist near the end. And a happy ending (with even a moral, if you choose to see it!). Great potential for a storytime read-aloud, probably for school-age. A fun lap-read, too. And the more I think on it, the more I think preschool might get it, too.

2/1/12 I had decided the day before storytime that this book might just be too long for my preschool groups. I left it on the table
This is one of my older niece's favorite books. I can tell, because she takes it out from the school library every other week. She's going to be SO thrilled to get it for Christmas this year, I just know it!

So, here we have this porcupine. And when he was born, his doting parents went through a whole list of normal names - Spike, Quillian, Lance - before settling on, doncha know it, "Fluffy". No, I don't know what they were thinking either... and neither does their son. With the literal-mindedne
Helen Lester has a knack of taking difficult situations and making them funny and acceptable. Children can relate to her unique characters and the predicaments they get themselves into. In this story, there is a porcupine named Fluffy who just doesn't understand why he was given that name. He tries everything he can think of, including covering himself with marshmallows to make him look more "fluffy", but he just isn't. Then Fluffy meets a rhinoceros and these two, very different fellows, become ...more
Brandy Reed
During elementary school I met several kids named “Ashley, Brittany, or Kyle”. These popular names appeared everywhere and because I have a unique name sometimes I was was made fun of. In the children’s book "A Porcupine Named Fluffy" by Helen Lester, a young porcupine experiences this same situation. When this little creature is first born his parents struggled with picking a name for him and decide to call him “Fluffy”. As Fluffy grows up he finds himself getting teased by others who make fun ...more
This is a wonderful children's book! It is a great book to help instill self acceptance and friendship. I would recommend this book for children just starting to read because I think that the pictures will help them decipher the words that are more challenging. I think that the most benefit would come from parents reading this book to their children because they can talk about how uniqueness and being proud of who you are two very important things in life. Friendship and finding things in common ...more
This book is a little long, but my preschoolers still enjoy it. I ask them these questions: "What do you think the word fluffy means?" "Why is it not a good name for the porcupine?" "What things can you think of that are fluffy?" It's fun for them to try to figure out word meanings.
Synopsis: "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 ...more
I read this book every night - EVERY NIGHT! Yes, every night. And every night it is still as funny as it was the night before. And I'm talking doubled-over, tears rolling down your cheeks, "oh, please stop!" funny. Should they name him Spike? I ask. "NO!" my four-year-old shouts, "that's too common!" What about Lance? I ask. "No!" he shouts, "That's too fierce!" How about Needleroozer? I inquire. "Needlerooster!" he repeats and dissolves in laughter until he can finally recover, "that's too long ...more
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This is a magnificent friendship story about two very unlikely but likeable friends. Fluffy is an unusual name for Porcupine and when Fluffy discovers this he tries nearly everything to become fluffier. He then goes for a walk while pondering how to become fluffier when he meets a rhinoceros. This rhinoceros is quite rude at first and laughs entirely too hard when he is told Fluffy’s name. The rhinoceros in turn also has an ill matched name to how he appears. His name is Hippo; when Fluffy disco ...more
Fluffy, a porcupine, tries everything to live up to his name! Unfortunately, no matter what he tries, he still remains a rather pokey porcupine, poking holes in mattresses and umbrellas. He finally meets a rhinoceros with a similarly unsuitable name and that friendship makes him feel better about his own mismatched name. The illustrations are fabulous and humor filled. The text is longer than some of the story time reads but worked with my audience.
Avid Reader
Excellent book to read to children and discuss topics in a round about manner on teasing and bullying. This is one of several books I used in a series to combat the never ending battle of bullying at school with students and I also brought it in for my younger children in the martial arts program. They all really like the story and can relate to it. If not first hand, they've seen someone else be picked on or perhaps are the bully themselves.
Caryn Caldwell
What do you do when your name doesn't fit you? Well, if you're Fluffy the porcupine, you try to fit your name. Unfortunately, this very determined porcupine can't become fluffy, no matter how thoroughly he coats his quills with whipped cream, soaks in hot bubble baths, or eats entire bags of marshmallows. What's a porcupine to do?

I love virtually everything about this charming and hilarious tale of a misfit trying to find his place in the world. The story is cute, the text is witty, Fluffy is sy
This is far from being my favorite Helen Lester/Lynn Munsinger collaboration, but it's cute.

A pair of porcupine parents get it into their head to name their new baby "Fluffy," and hilarity/despair ensues. Fluffy the porcupine is really upset by the fact that he's not actually fluffy. He tries to make himself fluffy by covering himself in marshmallows and shaving cream, but nothing works.

One day, he meets a rhino who is determined to give him a hard time...until Fluffy reveals his name. The rhin
Nov 20, 2013 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their younger children
Shelves: 2013, childrens, humor
We've read most of the books in the Tacky series by Helen Lester and Lynn M. Munsinger, so I was excited to see that they'd collaborated on another series. This book is part of the Laugh-Along Lessons books that help to teach children about ethical and moral themes.

I thought that this was an entertaining story about self-acceptance and being confident in your own skin. The narrative is short and easy to read aloud and the illustrations are colorful and cartoonish.
Tracy St.
A Porcupine Named Fluffy has been a favorite of mine since I was a young child. This story is not only an adorable story about a porcupine and a rhino whom become friends with precious illustrations; this book also offers a touching message to the reader as well. This story teaches children that it is not only acceptable to be different, but that that is what makes each of us unique.
A Porcupine Named Fluffy
by Helen Lester
the kids were laughing while i was reading this story, they found the voices and the actions enhanced the story, making it hilarious when read aloud.
it was cute, alright.
the pictures and narrative were average, however
an alright book to read to kids (3 yrs and up)

How many adults are there who once thought their parents had given them the wrong name as a child? Some children just don't like their names and go around announcing they are no longer Jaidyn or Parker but will now be called Michelle or George. A Porcupine Named Fluffy is a book about just such a character.

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We've been on a great book roll lately, and this one is no exception. A great read.
Robert J
A wonderful story with a message for children. Nicely illustrated.
Your name doesn't have to define who you are. Just be yourself.
The first graders thought this book was hysterical.
With so all of the children's books out there, and even though I try to keep up, I haven't read them all and, believe it or not, I don't recall reading this one. I had the pleasure of hearing the illustratorLynn Munsingerspeak at the RI Festival of Children's Books & Authors in October 2012. This is a funny story about names and how we sometimes don't think our name fits us very well. Fluffy rocks.
A very funny easy reader book about an badly-named porcupine named Fluffy, who hates his name and tries to change to match it (which he fails at). It isn't until he meets and equally incompatibly named rhino named Hippo. He learns to accept his name and gains a life-long friend in return. My favorite part was his attempts to be fluffy, which included pretending to be a cloud and pillow, and spraying himself with whipped cream and shaving cream with feathers. Recommended for ages 2-7, 4 stars.
This was one of my favorite books as a little kid. It is, as the title suggests about a porcupine named Fluffy. He is, of course, not at all fluffy. Fluffly is, in fact, very sharp.
Throughout the story he tries to make himself fluffy, without any success. He is very sad until one day he meets a rhino. The rhino laughs at his name. Then Fluffy finds out that the rhino's name is Hippo. Then they are laughing together at their ridiculus names and they become very good friends.
funny and enjoyable
great illustrations really make the book
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