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Parents need to know that Henry Hugglemonster introduces preschoolers to the social dynamics among family members and friends and illustrates positive messages about teamwork, solving problems, and helping others. The characters sometimes disagree, are moody, and get their feelings hurt in realistic situations, but they work through them by sharing their thoughts and reaching compromises. A strong nuclear family structure is at the heart of Henry's world, and most of the time his siblings are his closest friends. Basic preschool skills like counting and sequences are included in many of the stories.
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What's the story?
HENRY HUGGLEMONSTER is the story of a mischievous 5-year-old monster named Henry (voiced by Lara Jill Miller) who loves adventures, discoveries, and being with his family. Each day brings new opportunities for Henry to explore his feelings (which he readily shares with viewers) and learn important life lessons about working with others, showing kindness, and getting along with siblings. At the end of the day, Henry finds love and support from his parents, Daddo (Tom Kenny) and Momma (Lori Alan); and his brothers and sisters, Cobby (Chiara Zanni), Summer (Hynden Walch), and Ivor (Kari Wahlgren).
Is it any good?
Henry Hugglemonster offers preschoolers a delightful hero who's always up for adventures and never misses a chance to learn something new. As a middle kid in his family, Henry always has feelings to share with his viewers, and his interactions with his parents, siblings, and friends model positive communication and relationships for tots.
Based on an award-winning children's book called I'm a Happy Hugglewug by Irish author Niamh Sharkey, Henry's stories will resonate with the preschool set because they're seen through his eyes. The appealing characters are surpassed only by creative animation that brings to life Henry's monster-filled world and all the unique personalities within it, so there's a lot to like about this energetic, well-rounded preschool series.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Henry's family. In what ways is it similar to yours? Where do you fit into your family? What distinguishes you from your brothers and sisters?
Kids: Have you ever experienced problems like those that Henry solves? If you were in his shoes, would you do anything differently? What did Henry learn from his experiences?
Have fun looking closely at the show's animation. Why do you think the monsters are drawn the way they are? Do you like these characters? What would a monster you designed look like?
- Premiere date: February 8, 2013
- Cast: Kari Wahlgren, Lara Jill Miller, Tom Kenny
- Network: Disney Junior
- Genre: Kids' Animation
- Topics: Brothers and Sisters, Friendship, Great Boy Role Models, Great Girl Role Models, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- Character Strengths: Communication, Teamwork
- TV rating: TV-Y
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