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The Floppy Friends Go to the Beach: 01/22/07

The Floppy Friends Go to the Beach

The floppy friends must have been one of those attempts to make cartoons and books based on a toy line. In this case, the "floppy friends" are overly cute stuffed animals. Apparently they are all friends and everything is peachy.

The first in the series was apparently The Floppy Friends Go to Camp and this beach story is the second. In this story, the protagonist bear is upset because he has learned that he'll be moving to a new school in fall. He's afraid of saying good-bye to all his friends and of being the "new kid" at the school.

The book then goes on a saccharine tangent about a trip to the beach where the friends have lunch, go swimming and go to the boardwalk. After all these adventures, the protagonist realizes that he won't be the "new kid" after all because all his friends from camp actually attend this new school. Of course they couldn't just tell him this; they had to surprise him and scare him half to death in the process.

It's no wonder that these books are no longer in print. The story is flawed and boring (an amazing thing to pull off for only 40 some pages). The illustrations are cute enough to cause a gag reflex.

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