Fluffywuffy By Simon Puttock
Illustrated by Matt Robertson
Published by Quarto Group UK/Allen & Unwin
Date: 26 July 2017
The first time I opened this book I instantly loved it. The story begins with Mr Moot living his happy quiet life with his beloved Fluffywuffy. He wasn’t troubled by anything, that is until cousin Clarence decides to move in for …”a week…or a month, or quite possibly a year!” Mr Moot was optimistic that it wouldn’t be so bad, fluffywuffy remained knowingly silent.
The story continues with cousin Clarence being noisy, so very very noisy. Riding motorbikes, doing woodwork with power tools and drum playing, all taking place in Mr Moots lounge room. As I turned each page, Mr Moot’s eyes look more and more worried and Flufflywuffy continued to scowl…silently.
Fortunately for Mr Moots sanity and the very silent Fluffywuffy, cousin Clarence moves on. You’re probably wondering how this happens, but the situation is that the last 5 or 6 pages are way to much fun to spoil for you. Cousin Clarence’s departure is what makes this book so funny and will make Fluffywuffy all the more endearing to you.
While the book is essentially about Fluffywuffy, I think Mr Moot silently steals the limelight for most of the story. It is not until the end that we see Fluffywuffy’s true potential.
I love the illustrations in this book, the facial expressions that Mr Moot makes are hilarious and I also love Fluffywuffy’s permanent scowl, well until the end that is. That very last picture of Fluffywuffy is so funny and will have everyone laughing. Illustrator Matt Robertson has done a wonderful job of the illustrations, particularly with drawing Mr Moot. Matt has drawn him endearingly funny and he hasn’t missed any detail, mushed up bed hair, rosy red cheeks, his mustache fluffing up when he is feeling annoyed.
I highly recommend this book for everyone, especially if you love humor and the odd surprise. It would also make a great addition to a group storytime session because this book is easily interactive and would encourage group participation (and lots of laughs).
Thank you to Allen & Unwin and the author for the opportunity to read and honestly review this book.