The Secret to Happiness is the first book in the Hugo Series. Coincidentally it's also the first book I've read of author Suzy Liebermann. I feel that the plot line in this children's book is very well developed for this age group. The illustrations are spot on with vibrant color. Yet at the same time it's not very busy to distract the younger audience. The main character is one that children could easily remember and relate to on their level. Even if your child is too young to understand the message, they can certainly fall in love with the character like other popular children's literary characters. The characteristic that's emphasized in this book is empathy and it's a very important characteristic to instill in your child at a young age. The secret is one you'll have to read the book to find out, yet it's safe to tell you it's the true Secret to Happiness. ByBeUtyTradeReVue "BeUtyTradeReVue"on July 6, 2015


I was thrilled to receive a signed copy of “Hugo the Happy Starfish”. In a position that allows me to work closely with teachers and be their guide on the side,

I am ecstatic to have found children's books that enhance our understanding and appreciation

for the PYP Learner Profile and Attitudes.
Sincerely, Amanda L. F. BAS, MAT
International Baccalaureate Coordinator for the Troy School District

Thank you for sending the Kingsbury Library a copy ...

Thank you for sending the Kingsbury Library a copy of “HUGO THE HAPPY STARFISH”.
Because we are a Primary Years Program International School the book fits perfectly into our curriculum of teaching Character Education.
The story and illustrations are well done and the additions of the list of vocabulary words in the back as well as the activities to go with the story are very useful.
The kids also love the author’s signature – it makes authoring and illustrating a book real!
We really appreciate your thinking of us in this kind way.
Sincerely, Jane S.
PYP Coordinator & Librarian, Kingsbury Library


I sure hope you will be able to join us again for our ST. LUCY COUNTY Reading Festival!
Debbie Remington, President, ST. Lucy County Reading Council
Media Specialist, Manatee Academy


These books are super cute and have some educational elements to it.

I read them to my son who is 5 years old and he absolutely loved them. 
By Ashley Robertson June 29, 2015


THE LAST BULLY  is another excellent book. Standing up to bullies is the hardest thing to do by yourself.
By standing collectively and addressing the behavior of the bully, Hugo delivers a powerful message. Children need to know there is a way to stop the bully. Not feeling alone while enduring abuse is the greatest gift a child can have. Knowing someone defends them and encourages their positive attributes is like a breath of fresh air. Hugo does this through the Anti-Bullying Club. By linskinon September 21, 2013

Bullying...What Goes Around Comes Around!
By S. K. Norman on April 14, 2012

This is another wonderful story pun intended...Hugo the Starfish. With a cast of ocean life ranging in size from small to gigantic, a lesson is taught by the ABC, the Anti-Bullying Club in a way that children of all ages can understand. The illustrations are adorable.