Howard B. Wigglebottom Listens to a Friend

Howard B Wigglebottom Listens to a Friend
Author: Howard Binkow
Illustrator: David Cutting
Publisher: Thunderbolt Publishing
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-0-9910777-4-8
Pages: 32
Price: $15.00

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Kiki is in a very bad mood and it shows. She’s acting out toward all her friends. Howard wonders why, and finds out her puppy has died. As he and his friends brainstorm ideas to help Kiki feel better, Howard suggests they ask Kiki herself. Good thing they do, because Kiki wants someone no one has suggested.

When something breaks, stop working, or dies, children can get very sad or mad. They are troubled by this pent-up negative energy and may begin to act out. Other children don’t always understand the grieving process and may get unnecessarily angry at the child who is suffering. Howard B. Wigglebottom Listens to a Friend explores some of the emotions involved in grieving and gives good advice on how to be a kind and understanding friend. I highly recommend it.

Reviewer: Alice Berger