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Howard B Wigglebottom Learns Too Much of a Good Thing is Bad

My boy has started paying more attention to commercials and asking for the toys that he sees. Hubby and I like to buy for him, but we also know that he needs to learn restraint. As always, the lesson we are teaching when a book arrives, Howard B. Wigglebottom is there!!

Howard B. Wigglebottom - Too Much Good Thing Bad


Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns Too Much of a Good Thing is Bad


My family loves all of the Howard B. Wigglebottom books that we have received so far. They always arrive just at the right time to help us teach our boy a lesson. The Boy loves that the main character is Howard (like Daddy) and B. (like his name) and he loves to read anyway. The HBW stories are always funny and the illustrations are adorable. There is always something funny in the book because poor Howard just has a knack for shenanigans. 

The Story 

HBW is having a birthday, the day when it feels like everything should be about him. If just a little ice cream for breakfast sounds good, surely the whole ice cream sundae will be even better! If one bubble gum sounds good, surely more will be even better! And if one balloon is fun, surely 83 balloons are best! Once HBW is full, can’t talk, and is floating past his school…he begins to rethink his choices through the day.

Lessons and Reflections

Especially since we are first time parents, Hubby and I sometimes need an extra prompt when teaching lessons. I tend to lean to the modeling or hinting and patient way of teaching, hoping The Boy will catch on. Hubby is a talker and will sometimes talk over our boy’s head. The lessons outlined in the back of an HBW book are very helpful. Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns Too Much of a Good Thing is Bad has prompts for learning about “Pleasure and Consequences” and “Discipline and Moderation”.



We Do Listen – and the stories of Howard B. Wigglebottom –feature great stories to help your child learn about life and the lessons to help them learn self-confidence and self-worth. The We Do Listen Non Profit Foundation is a group of writers, artists, designers, educators, therapists, parents, caregivers and teachers who share a vision of a kinder world with more harmony and peace and a better life for everyone to enjoy. Their books, animated books, songs, posters and lessons/discussion questions are intended to empower young children to deal with important life lessons like being a better listener, bullying, anger management, moderation, truth, divorce, peer pressure, belonging, generosity, sportsmanship, attention and feeling good about themselves.

Howard B. Wigglebottom animated books and songs are free at WeDoListen.

You can also find free coloring pages to color and print and more!!

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Start a discussion today about how too much of a good thing can be bad. Do you have a child who could use this lesson right now?!!


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  1. Deb Dorrington says:

    We love all Howard B Wigglebottom books, just finished Learns to Listen because school is starting in a few weeks and this books is great..:) After reading your review above I will get the book.

    • janet says:

      We love HBW! They just emailed me about a new one and I hope I get to share it with you all!

  2. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    These are great books that teach without being too noticeable, and they’re4= funny too

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