Book Review of Don’t Call Me Fuzzybutt!
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Don’t Call Me Fuzzybutt!
Written by Robin Newman
Illustrated by Susan Batori
Ages 4-8 | 32 Pages
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press (2021) | ISBN-13: 9781534110731
What to Expect: Nature, Animals, Learning to Get Along with Others
Even the best of friends can get on one another’s nerves from time to time, especially when needs and interests conflict. Told with side-splitting humor and not a hint of preachiness or condescension, Don’t Call Me Fuzzybutt! explores the consequences of acting without thought and speaking in anger.
Bear and Woodpecker both have problems. Bear’s problem is that he is a light sleeper, and being woken up makes him grumpy. Woodpecker’s problem is that he is a property developer, and he needs to peck at trees to make houses. When Bear accidentally uses Woodpecker’s houses to make a nice, sound-proof front door, Woodpecker gets angry and wakes up Bear. Being woken up makes Bear angry. Soon, Bear and Woodpecker are calling each other names and tears are falling! Will the two friends be able to find a way to solve their problems without hurting each other? Rabbit, Mouse, and Squirrel watch in interest to find out.
Readers are sure to sympathize with Bear and Woodpecker’s frustrations and laugh at their outrage even as they see why calling each other names is a poor decision. Supporting the hilarious dialogue are quirky, cartoon-like illustrations that echo the humor and bring the characters’ emotions to life.
Don’t Call Me Fuzzybutt! is a wonderfully enjoyable, fun, and funny picture book that readers will come back to again and again.
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About the Author
Raised in New York and Paris, Robin Newman is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and the City University of New York School of Law. She was a practicing attorney and legal editor, but now prefers to write about witches, mice, bears, and peacocks. Author of the award-winning Wilcox & Griswold Mystery Series, her latest book is DON’T CALL ME FUZZYBUTT! with Sleeping Bear Press. She’s a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, National Writing Project’s Writers Council, the Bank Street Writers Lab, and PEN America, CYAB. She lives in New York with a motley crew of fuzzybutts, including a husband, son, and two spoiled dogs. She is represented by Liza Fleissig at Liza Royce Agency.
For more information, please visit www.robinnewmanbooks.com.
About the Illustrator
Susan Batori lives in Budapest, Hungary, with her soul mate, Robert, and her cat, Kamilla. She studied graphic design at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts, Budapest. She worked as an art director at DDB Advertising Agency until she noticed that drawing hilarious characters was much more fun. Since 2013, Susan has been working as a freelance children’s book illustrator. Humor is the one thing in her studio that she could not live without.
For more information, please visit https://susanbatori.hu/.
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