Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Huggalo Superhero Huggsley Doll

Huggalo Superhero Huggsley Doll

Spring 2012 Toys
Ages: All Ages
Manufacturer: REDORB
Price: $24.95

For kids (OK, for many of us) transitions aren't always easy. A first day at school, a parent serving in the military, a loved one in the hospital, a pet who is no longer around to comfort or play. In these cases, absence does not make the heart grow fonder. It's no fun to miss someone you love. And it's hard to understand why that person, or pet, is not where you want or expect them to be.

Mom-inventor Donna Broder needed to solve her young son's uneasy childhood passage to preschool. Leaving home, if even for a few hours, was anything but warm and fuzzy. Broder first tried packing a family photo. Good idea, but it didn't hold up. Understanding both her son's need to see his family, and the reassurance a hug provides, she created a perfectly huggable creature with a plastic pouch for a photograph.

Is Huggsley the Superhero educational? Not specifically; but a product that provides an opportunity and tender vehicle for teaching life lessons is worth applauding.

Claire Green   ©2012 Parents' Choice
Claire is president of Parents' Choice Foundation and cofounder of Sandbox Summit®. She looks for toys and media that will unleash children's interests, and celebrate the fun of learning.

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