Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns About Sportsmanship –A book review and giveaway! ~~Ended~~

When the opportunity was presented to review the book, “Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns About Sportsmanship: Winning Isn’t Everything”, I was thrilled to jump at the chance.  My son has been going through this stage where he gets very upset if he doesn’t “get to win” any game we are playing.  He always wants to be the winner when we play Candy Land and gets upset if anyone else gets to the Candy Castle first.  If we play memory, he wants to get the most matches or will throw a fit because he didn’t win.  You can see my dilemma here.

My husband and I have tried to explain to him numerous times that you can’t win every time, and it would not be fun for anyone else if he got to win all the time.  We tried to tell him that no one would want to play with him anymore if he won all the time.  He didn’t seem to care about our reasoning, he just wanted to win.  He is 4 after all, but we really wanted him to understand how not to be a sore loser.

The book “Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns about Sportsmanship” is more about being a good team player, but I thought it would also help my son understand that he cannot win every time, since as the title says, “winning isn’t everything.”

As soon as I started reading this book to my kids, I knew it was going to be a hit.  The book starts out talking about how Howard was winning every competition, game, or event that he participated in, and that Howard got quite upset if he didn’t win.  I could tell my son could relate just by the expressions on his face, lol.  The book then goes on to talk about how being so obsessed with winning was hurting Howard when he tried to play a team sport.  He needed to learn sportsmanship, or he would not be able to play. Howard figured out that being part of a team was just as important as winning!

In addition to the great story about how Howard learned how to be a team player, and not just think only of himself, there are suggestions and lessons right in the appendix of the book showing you how you can use this story to help teach your own kids!

My kids did love the book, and time will tell if it makes a difference in my son’s outlook about winning every darn game we play, but so far so good!

In addition to this great book, there are many more in the Howard B. Wigglebottom series, along with great lessons, posters, games, and more at the site!  Check it out for yourself!

I am sure this series of books will be a hit in your home too, and the best part, you get a chance to win a book of your choice!  To enter, just visit the website and select which book you would like to have, then leave me a comment to let me know which one you’d like.  Once you’ve picked, just hit enter on the Rafflecopter form letting me know you completed this.  There are also additional entries for liking facebook and twitter.  Good Luck!


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Jesica H

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21 thoughts on “Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns About Sportsmanship –A book review and giveaway! ~~Ended~~

  • January 25, 2012 at 10:44 am
    HBW the monkey on his back. FYI the Like for FB Howard-B-Wigglebottom doesn't work Reply
    • January 25, 2012 at 10:58 am
      Thanks, I will take a look! Reply
    • January 25, 2012 at 11:06 am
      Thank you Brandilyn, was able to get it working, you can complete that entry if you haven't already :-) Reply
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  • January 25, 2012 at 9:32 pm
    Howard learns to listen! thanks Reply
  • January 26, 2012 at 12:39 am
    The power of giving: a Christmas story Reply
  • January 26, 2012 at 9:02 am
    Learn about Sportsmanship Reply
  • January 26, 2012 at 12:07 pm
    Learns to Listen Reply
  • January 26, 2012 at 1:01 pm
    I would love to win the learn to listen book for my kiddos! Reply
  • January 26, 2012 at 2:18 pm
    I would pick the HBW & the monkey on his back Reply
  • January 26, 2012 at 9:18 pm
    I would like to win the "Learns to Listen" book! Thank you Reply
  • January 27, 2012 at 5:14 am
    I'd love the Power of Giving: A Christmas Story Reply
  • January 27, 2012 at 2:39 pm
    I'd love for my daughter to have the "Learns to listen" book! Reply
  • January 27, 2012 at 2:47 pm
    Learns About Sportsmanhip! Reply
  • January 27, 2012 at 2:52 pm
    Learn about sportsmanship Reply
  • January 29, 2012 at 7:13 am
    Learns about Bullies Reply
  • January 30, 2012 at 12:15 pm
    Learns about bullies Reply
  • January 31, 2012 at 10:30 pm
    Learns too much of a good thing is bad. thanks for the giveaway Reply
  • February 1, 2012 at 8:18 pm
    I like howard b wigglebottom and the monkey on his back Reply
  • February 6, 2012 at 11:51 am
    Learn about sportsmanship would be good for my daughter! Reply
  • February 6, 2012 at 11:33 pm
    I would pick the Howard B Wigglebottom learns to listen book. rsgrandinetti@yahoo(DOT)com Reply

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