Henry Hugglemonster

 
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Cute monster tot teaches kids about feelings, relationships.

What parents need to know

Educational value

The show incorporates some basic pre-reading skills like counting and colors in an informal way. Some stories also introduce kids to concepts like how magnets work.

Positive messages

Preschoolers see a close-knit family with members who work and play together. In each story, a problem is encountered and solved in a way that teaches kids the value of strong relationships and teamwork. Henry expresses his feelings in a manner that will resonate with preschoolers.

Positive role models

Characters have differences of opinion about how to handle problems and sometimes don't get along (they are monster siblings, after all), but they reach compromises in a friendly way. Everyone chips in to do his part, and they celebrate the results together. Siblings and friends respect each other's unique qualities.

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Parents Need to Know

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.

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?

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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.

Families can talk 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?

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  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Parent of a 3 year old Written byVioletAnnie April 18, 2013
 

Pleasantly Surprised

Once the ads for this show started my three-year-old son was begging to see it. When it started this week I went ahead and recorded it for him to watch during his 'tv time.' Well, my son adores it. Instead of watching another show after it, he wanted to watch the same episode again. He talks about Henry and his family often and even started drawing pictures of his own "monster family." I was pleasantly surprised with this show. The only thing annoying or obnoxious about it is the theme song. It's been stuck in my head since the first episode aired 3 days ago. Uhg. Other than that it's a really cute show. It's not condescending and doesn't "talk down" to the viewer, but also keeps the dialogue and the story line at a level preschoolers can follow and learn from. So, since my son adores this show and I don't mind him watching it, it looks like little Henry Hugglemonster is going to be a part of our family for a while.
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Teen, 16 years old Written byAnimeIsAwesome808 July 14, 2013
 

No, just no.

Henry Huuglemonster is too childish. What was Disney Junior thinking? Horrendous CGI, horrendous characters, horrendous everything. Avoid avoid avoid.
Teen, 15 years old Written byGregoryMccormick123 June 26, 2014
 

What did I just watch?

I like to watch a lot of TV, I mostly like some Nicktoons, some Cartoon Network shows, some Disney cartoons, lots of adult shows, Batman, and most sitcoms with lots of black people. Right now, i'm reviewing little kid shows I enjoyed when I was little, and little kids shows that suck big time. Henry Hugglemonster SUCKS! The plot is lame, it's annoying, the CGI is abysmal, and it's lowers kids IQ's to 10. Disney Junior makes me cry. It's that bad. Where Playhouse Disney was my childhood! Skip this and try Sesame Street or Blue's Clues.

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