Maybe it’s just that I’m such a “guy,” or maybe it’s that these toys are so dang cute… But when I heard about Fierce Fun Toys, and their line of stuffed animals that have a “sense of humor,” I had to find out more.
Norman is the original “PhartEphant” that makes eight different ‘phart’ sounds, along with an “oops” and “sorry!”, when you squeeze his tail. I always chuckle when I hear it, and my kids all thinks it hysterical!
There’s a book (sold separately) that tells the story of Norman, who was adopted by a zoo, and because of a change of diet, he has a bit of a problem. From the back cover:
Norman PhartEphant is a young African elephant adopted by a U.S. zoo and the change of diet does not sit well. He becomes a very gassy pachyderm. Although gassy, Norman explores his new home: intrigue and suspense build as he meets his neighbor, making a new friend, learning a bit of geography along the way.
All four of my kids, including the “too old for stuffies” middle schoolers and high schooler, thought they were awesome—especially Norman and his unique sounds. But I wanted to give the toys and read the books to my eight year old, because she hasn’t lost her love for cuddly toys and picture books.
Emily loves all three, but I think she probably likes Harry Hiccers the best: He has an adorable accent, and as his name implies, he has a bit of an issue with hiccups. And what eight year old girl could resist the happy face of a koala? The toys are soft and cuddly, and just the right size to carry around.
The stories teach about the animals, their geography, and they all end making new friends—a valuable lesson for a youngster who might feel shy about themselves.
All three animals are shipping now, and the books should be shipping soon (Norman PhartEphant is out, the other two should be out November 10). The toys are sold at specialty retailers, so you won’t find them at the big box stores—which means your kids will have a toy that’s unique, educational, and sure to be a hit. You can also buy them online at www.fiercefuntoys.com.
Disclosure: I was given the toys, and galley copies of the upcoming books for this review. All opinions are my own. I wasn’t compensated in any other way.