The Ugly Guide to the Uglyverse

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Kate James, Common Sense Media
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Offbeat world engages the most reluctant readers.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this book is ideal for kids who love Uglydolls and can't quite get into the groove of reading. Kids may miss some of the offbeat humor (which is fairly harmless), but will find themselves engaging with the characters they know and some of the silly illustrations -- like one of a donut elevator.

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Teen, 13 years old Written bygirl4natwolff April 24, 2011
I love uglydolls!! I have a lot of stuff

What's the story?

This guide, the first in a series, introduces the Uglydolls in their world and show snippets of day-to-day life as an Uglydoll. Uglyverse citizens weigh in on what it's like to live there in many asides. Includes a fold-out map of the Uglyverse and a "Special Review Testy Quiz" at the end.

Is it any good?

Meant for kids who already have their beds covered with the pillow-like Uglydolls, this book is almost as quirky as the expressions on the creatures' faces. It welcomes kids to their world of weirdness where a donut elevator takes everyone to work. Everywhere readers look there's a burst of color, absurdity, and clever asides from Uglyverse citizens.

Never does this book reach the creativity of the worlds Dr. Seuss created -- and it certainly doesn't contain any life lessons -- but it may lead very reluctant readers in that direction of appreciation. It's a start.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what looks fun or not so fun about the "Uglyverse." Would you want to live there? What parts of the Uglyverse do you wish were real? Also, why do you think these quirky stuffed dolls are so popular -- with both girls and boys? What other creatures that aren't so cute are popular toys?

Book details

  • Author: David Horvath
  • Genre: Humor
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Random House
  • Publication date: April 22, 2008
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 4 - 7
  • Number of pages: 64
  • Last updated: July 13, 2017

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