Giveaway: Hugo the Happy Starfish Wants to be Different

| June 14, 2011 | 26 Comments

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: June 14, 2011

Happiness begins within! Enter to win one of three signed copies of Hugo the Happy Starfish Wants to be Different, by Suzy Liebermann. Hugo goes on his journey and discovers that being himself is the best way to be. Giveaway begins June 14, 2011, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends July 12, 2011, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

Reading Level: 4-8

Hardcover: 32 pages

Book overview: Hugo is a little starfish living in the big green ocean. Every day Hugo smiles and makes other creatures happy—and doing that makes Hugo happy. But one day Hugo stops smiling. He begins to feel small and ugly, convinced that nobody likes him. Hugo decides that he should try to be more like the Magic Manta so that everyone will like him. Join Hugo on his journey as he discovers that being himself is the best way to be—and the only way to be happy.

About the author: A native of Germany and former resident of the Dominican Republic, Mexico, the Islands of the Bahamas and Switzerland, Suzy Liebermann—now living in South Florida, USA—has traveled the world in pursuit of language, art, and culture.

Having found it, she now shares it with the world’s teachers, parents, and children through educational literature. Leveraging her decades of global experience teaching in German, Spanish, French, and English with a degree in foreign language translation and a master’s degree in business and international business, she launched Happy Language Kids LLC in 2010 as an interactive language learning program for children and their young-at-heart elders.

This program is particularly aligned with the aims and values she upheld as a teacher of cultural art and foreign language at a prestigious International Baccalaureate World School.

How to enter:

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  • Maximum entries: Three (3)

Giveaway Rules:

  • Shipping Guidelines: This book giveaway is open to participants with a United States or Canadian address.
  • Giveaway begins June 14, 2011, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends July 12, 2011, at 11:59 P.M. PST, when all entries must be received. No purchase necessary. See official rules for details. View our privacy policy.

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The Children’s Book Review, named one of the ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children) Great Web Sites for Kids, is powered by Bianca Schulze. Bianca is a freelance writer, bookseller, aspiring author, and mother to two daughters. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, her goal is to grow readers by showcasing useful and inspiring books!

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  1. Lisa A says:

    I got his book last Christmas for my 5 year old and she absolutely loves it and I do have to read the book to her all the time. We can’t wait for the next Hugo book to come out!
    All the best!

  2. Linda Kish says:

    Please include me

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  3. John says:

    Looks like interesting book for my son

  4. Natalia says:

    Would like to win this book for my kids.

  5. Hi Susanne,

    please include me in your giveaway. Sounds like a wonderful book.


  6. Mary says:

    We love the book – just just won a copy in another give a way and I can just encourage you all out there to participate.
    My kids absolutely L O V E the book and get a hilarious laugh out of it.

    Am participating for a friend … sorry do not want to give my copy away 🙂

  7. Jim Voss says:

    Dear Susanne,
    Thank you for keeping us informed. Please include us in your giveaway. I am certain that Ella will enjoy and learn from your little starfish.
    Thank you, Jim

  8. Jan and Grazyna says:

    Susi – das ist aber Supersache. Habe kein Ahnung gehabt dass es so mit Deinem Kinderbuch geht. Supersache!!!! GREAT!!!!
    Liebe Grüße
    Jan und Grazyna

  9. Gabriela says:

    Mein Enkel wird zweispraching erzogen, das wäre genau das richtige für ihn!
    Sonnige Grüße aus HH


    • MJ says:

      I’d love this for my kinderkids.


    • Susi says:

      Gabriela, schreib kurz eine Email auf Info (at) dort gibt es gerade ein Special – frag mal an. Bestimmt koennen wir Dir auch eins nach Deutschland zukommen lassen.

  10. Theresa N says:

    A good lesson for children to learn and understand.

  11. MJ says:



    my first comment posted in the wrong place, please count it. Thanks!!

  12. Alecia R. says:

    I am a school psychologist. This book would be a great teaching and discussion tool. Thanks!

    • susi says:

      if you don’t win, contact me through my website! we will see what we can do.

    • Susi says:

      Alecia, you won a book! Contratulations!
      I would love to hear a feedback from you as a school psychologist.
      We have more books and info coming up that might be interesting to you as a school psychologist. If you want LIKE us on facebook and then you get all the updated info about Hugo: here is the link

      Hope you and the kids enjoy the book – and this is only the first story …. many more to come.

  13. Alecia R. says:

    I tweeted about the giveaway: Giveaway: Hugo the Happy Starfish Wants to be Different via @book_mommy

  14. Sheyla says:

    Please enter NLBA in the drawing, starfish are unique little sea animals. I believe the students would enjoy this book.

  15. Kelly Ann T. says:

    I would love to win a new book for our library, thank you so much for the chance.

  16. Christy says:

    This sounds like a cute book ~ please enter me

  17. Nancye Davis says:

    This sounds like a book my daughter would enjoy. Thanks for the chance!

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  18. Nancye Davis says:

    I follow you on Twitter and I Tweeted this giveaway

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  19. Congratulations to the following three winners:

    Stephanie Eschenbacher: Hi Susanne, please include me in your giveaway. Sounds like a wonderful book.

    Alecia R.: I tweeted about the giveaway

    John: Looks like interesting book for my son

    Keep a look out for your winning notification e-mail!

    Redraw for unclaimed prize (July 19,2011):

    Natalia: Would like to win this book for my kids.

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