Buffalo Fluffalo

Random House Studio. (Buffalo Stories). Jan. 2024. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780593564530.
PreS-Gr 1–Buffalo Fluffalo is a grumpy buffalo with a tough exterior. Despite his attitude, his animal neighbors want to get to know him and approach him throughout the day. Without fail, Fluff snaps back: “I’m the Buffalo Fluffalo, I heave and I huffalo, leave me alone because I’ve had enuffalo!” When a heavy rain rolls in and soaks Fluff’s fur, the animals realize that he is actually very tiny underneath his puffy coat. Embarrassed, Fluff gets defensive, but is interrupted abruptly by Ram, “You don’t have to act tough! We like you just fine without all your puff.” Support from his neighbors helps Buffalo Fluffalo overcome his insecurities. Kalb’s sweet and silly story highlights the importance of self-acceptance and the impact of insecurities and low self-esteem on social relationships. Kraan’s lively illustrations will immediately endear the readers to Buffalo, despite his grumpy demeanor. Tongue twisters and rhyming alliteration make this a wonderful read-aloud.
VERDICT Sure to be a story time hit—this sweet and silly story encourages self-acceptance and is highly recommended.

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