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Sally Snyder, Common Sense Media
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A perfect blend of story, writing, and art.

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age 4+
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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the author has combined story, writing, and art perfectly in this winning tale. Kids will cheer for Owen as he outwits his neighbor time after time.

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Parent of a 1, 3, and 8-year-old Written byJanet P. February 2, 2018

My girls love this one

My girlies love this book!
Parent of an infant, 1, 4, 11, and 18+-year-old Written byAdrianna R. August 12, 2016


An okay book.

My 4yo hates this one because she thinks I am going to chop up her security blanket. (Her blanket is called Fuzzy Ba-Ba)

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What's the story?

Give up his blanket! Owen won't even consider the possibility. Nosy neighbor Mrs. Tweezers thinks it's time Owen relinquishes his Fuzzy and offers suggestions, but his mother comes to the rescue. Parents and children will enjoy the battle of wits between Owen and Mrs. Tweezers. Engaging characters and illustrations ensure this book will not disappoint.


Is it any good?

Kevin Henkes has a special knack for presenting common childhood crises tenderly and humorously. Many children face the crisis of having to give up their treasured blanket or teddy bear, and will relate to Owen's firm determination to resist all attempts to separate him from his blanket, Fuzzy. Children will relish the fact that Owen, a child, outwits both his parents and the neighbor -- a rare victory from a child's point of view.

Henkes's expressive watercolor-and-ink illustrations capture Owen's every mood, and Mrs. Tweezers looks appropriately conspiratorial, while his parents are loving yet befuddled. The spacing of text and art provide an open feeling to the story.

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  • Families can talk about cherished possessions and what makes them special to a child (or an adult). What is it about a certain item that makes you feel safe or happy?

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