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A Porcupine Named Fluffy (Laugh-Along Lessons)

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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 Forrester
Apr 30, 2012 Amy Forrester rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 29, 2013 midnightfaerie rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
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
Mar 10, 2010 Janessa rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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
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
Dec 21, 2009 Connie rated it really liked it
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
Apr 15, 2016 Amanda rated it it was amazing
This is a fun book for the young and young at heart. I read this with my eldest and am now enjoying it with my youngest. They both love the trials of poor Fluffy the porcupine who isn't really Fluffy.
Aug 19, 2009 Cassie rated it really liked it
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
Karen Burt
Jun 01, 2015 Karen Burt rated it really liked it
Helen Lester created a cute, simple, short book that any kid can sit through and enjoy. I would especially recommend this for Kindergarten through early 2nd graders.

This story is a simple story about being yourself and accepting that expectations set by a name are not goals to be reached. It is more fun to take oneself less seriously and just be themselves.

In the story Fluffy goes from trying to live up to an impossible name for a porcupine to finding a friend with the same flaw. It is not alw
Cindy Mitchell
Lester, Helen A Porcupine Named Fluffy, illustrated by Lynn Munsinger. PICTURE BOOK. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013 (reprint). $8.99. Content: G.

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 every
Brandy Reed
Oct 20, 2014 Brandy Reed rated it really liked it
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
Apr 30, 2014 Cayley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tchlrn307, children-s
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
Brianna Manheim
Sep 03, 2015 Brianna Manheim rated it it was amazing
A Porcupine Named Fluffy, written in 1986 is a unique friendship story written for early readers, but can be enjoyed by all ages. The story revolves around Fluffy the porcupine, who is just a doubtful and confused porcupette in the middle of an identity crisis. Fluffy does not feel like he can ever live up to the name his parents gave him, no matter how hard he tries. Fortunately, he makes a new friend with the same problem, and despite their obvious differences, they not only accept each other ...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.
Oct 20, 2014 Angie rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s
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
Lesson: Don't try to be something you're not.

I think that's the lesson. This is one of Lester's better books. It's not preachy, but the lesson does seem to make some sense. It doesn't somehow send a bad message while attempting to send a good one, and it's a little sweet to see the porcupine trying to make himself fluffy.

I found the writing when he meets the rhino rather annoying -- I don't have the exact quote handy, but basically, the rhino's going to get Fluffy a hard time for no reason and i
Nashiea Edmiston
A light-hearted take on the age-old issue of having a name that just doesn't seem to match! The story is about a little porcupine who's parents name Fluffy even though he has sharp quills that make him anything but Fluffy. The poor little guy tries everything to seem more "fluffy," to no avail. He finally meets a little rhino named "Hippo" and instantly they become friends, but not before cracking up at their silly names! Would be a great accompaniment to other books appropriate during the first ...more
Cortney Perkins
Sep 23, 2015 Cortney Perkins rated it really liked it
This book is about a porcupine whose name is Fluffy even though he is far from fluffy. He has a name that just does not fit him so he sets out on his own and he comes across a rhino and the rhino falls over laughing at the porcupine whose name is Fluffy. But, then he finds out the rhino's name is Hippo. The two find out that is not your name that matters but who you are inside. It is a great read for younger students pre-k through second grade. It has small, familiar words for students of this a ...more
Jul 28, 2009 Peggy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Kathy Gunn
Mar 16, 2015 Kathy Gunn rated it it was amazing

A porcupine named Fluffy? Who ever heard of such. Follow along as this porcupine tries to live up to his name, and then as he meets a rhinoceros named Hippo!

Themes: names, differences, being okay in your own skin, making friends

Ideas: Read aloud. Discuss ways we are all different, how we are alike, and how we can be friends with people who may not be like us. Pair opposites. Make things that are fluffy (clouds out of cotton balls,yarn, marshmallows, shaving cream, etc.).

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Dec 04, 2013 Klarissa added it
Shelves: t-l-307
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
Aug 20, 2014 Ina rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 11, 2014 Avid Reader rated it it was amazing
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.
Tim Protiva
Fluffy the porcupine is unhappy with his name: “So he decided to become fluffier.” He climbs a tree and pretends to be a cloud! He even poses as a pillow. (His mother is not pleased when she sits on him.) When Fluffy meets a rhinoceros named Hippo, it puts his plight in perspective…and he makes a friend. This terrific tribute to self-acceptance and is great for Storytime... although the message will be lost on the younger crowd.
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
Kaitlyn Lawrence
A Porcupine Named Fluffy is about a porcupine who is having trouble accepting them self because their name does not describe them. The porcupine goes through names that it would rather have, and tries to change itself to be fluffy, My favorite aspect of this book is the adjectives that the porcupine uses to describe itself throughout the book. It would be useful while teaching a lesson on adjectives.
Mary Dye
This book was a very interesting read. I really enjoyed the story-line, however the illustrations were very much cartoon-like which were not what I was hoping for. Overall, it was a good book for children that are suffering with some kind of identity crisis because of their name, and I definitely feel like this book could help them through that.
Jan 29, 2009 Becky rated it liked it
Shelves: children-and-ya
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 liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their younger children
Shelves: childrens, humor, 2013
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.
Shannon Brasher
Sep 25, 2015 Shannon Brasher rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-book
I did not personally care for this book. There was not much of a story behind it and no real meaning or lesson taught. A porcupine is named Fluffy and he quickly learns that he is not fluffy and is made fun of until he meets a rhino named Hippo. I am not against having this book in my classroom library, however I would not go out of my way to purchase it.
Tim Johnson
Apr 02, 2016 Tim Johnson rated it it was ok
Shelves: kids-time
A porcupine named Fluffy tries everything to actually be fluffy and ends up deflating a lot of stuff. This goes goes on until the rodent makes friends with a rhino named hippo. The art is reminiscent of Mercer Mayer and the story's okay but I've already reached my quota on 3-star reviews for the day.
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