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Something Might Happen Hardcover – September 29, 2003

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PreS. Little lemur Twitchly Fidget is afraid of everything. He refuses to wash his fur because the shampoo bubbles might not rinse out. He's afraid to put on his sneakers because he might put them on the wrong feet. Worst of all, he's afraid to leave his house to join his friends. Then bossy Aunt Bridget arrives, and when she scrubs Twitchly's fur and puts his sneakers on his feet, Twitchly can't believe that nothing bad happens. Emboldened, he strides out to try all the things that he used to dread. Lester and Munsinger combine talents once again in a winning story that perfectly captures a preschooler's fears of independence. Lester elevates the story's simple message with upbeat words and appealing rhythms, while Munsinger's ink-and-watercolor pictures create an irresistible character in fretful Twitchly, saucer-eyed with fear at first, then beaming with pride by the story's end. Pair this with Kevin Henkes' Wemberly Worried (2000) and give to anxious children who think their sippy cup is always half empty. Gillian Engberg
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"Lester and Munsinger combine talents once again in a winning story that perfectly captures a preschooler's fears of independence." Booklist, ALA

"Once again, Lester's and Munsinger's wry humor is impeccably in sync and on point. Twitchly just may teach kids who tend to twitch a lesson about facing fears." Publishers Weekly

"A story full of wit, humor, and frivolity... A superb read-aloud." School Library Journal

"...fans of Lester and Munsinger will welcome this personable animal antihero." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 630L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (September 29, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618254064
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618254064
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 8.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #561,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Helen Lester has published The Wizard, the Fairy, and the Magic Chicken in 1983, in collabroation with Lynn Munsinger. They have also worked together on the hilarious Tacky the Penguin series and many other wildly funny and popular titles, including the award-winning Hooway for Wodney Wat. Helen Lester is a full-time writer who makes her home in Pawling, New York.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 15, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Twitchly Fidget is a young lemur who worries about absolutely everything bad that might happen to him, even though nothing has so far. But it might. He could put his shoes on the wrong feet and walk cross-legged for the rest of his life. This and other thoughts keep Twichly from doing anything, which means he does not get to enjoy anything either, like the parade all the other kids are going to go watch. Fortunately, one day Twitchly Fidget's Aunt Bridget Fidget drops in for a vidget, um, a visit, and she shows her young nephew that his fears are unfounded.
"Something Might Happen" is told by Helen Lester and illustrated by Lynn Munsinger. This particular pair has collaborated on dozens of similar books, from "Tackylocks and the Three Bears" and "Score One for the Sloths" to "Hooway for Wodney Wat" and "It Wasn't My Fault." In these times when the nightly news can give young kids ample reason for being anxious, "Something Might Happen" teaches young readers that letting your imagination add to your anxities is not a good thing. Lester dedicates the book to her son Robin, "who chose to be there when something happened," and hopefully young readers will feel the same when they finish this story.
If you have a child who is anxious about what is happening in their world, then this book could well be a remedy of sorts. The story is structured so that Aunt Bridget disposes of all of Twitchly's fears one by one, providing a nice sense of symmetry. Munsinger's artwork does a nice job of turning the frightened little lemur into one who goes out into the world to see what might happen next.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on October 7, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Helen Lester's Something Might Happen receives Lynn Munsinger's delightfully zany color drawings as it tells of Twitchly Fidget, who is afraid to go anywhere or do anything. His imagination always sees disaster in any situation, so he stays indoors and waits for adventure to come to him - which it does, with an unusual twist.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Debra Bennett on March 29, 2009
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This is one of those very very favorite books. This little guy is afraid of everything! It's helpful for little kids to let them know that some things are just silly to be afraid of. In the end he's not afraid any more and it's really neat to show them you can get thru fear of stuff. Really well done.
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By FictionGal2347 on September 24, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Twitchly Fidget, a lemur with an overactive self-preservation instinct, sits in his room, avoiding all the bad things that could happen. Unfortunately, this also means not many fun things happen to him either. Enter Aunt Bridget Fidget, who pronounces that something has to be done about Twitchly's fears. Twitchly fears the 'danger', but his determined aunt just might be his way out...

Lester and Munsinger have done it again. Twitchly's wide-eyed and (well...) twitchy look is well done. His worries are portrayed with sometimes funny results. Best of all, this story could become good reading for a child (or adult) who has fear issues. They can identify affectionately with Twitchly and maybe us his example in their own battles with their minds. Something could happen. But then again...
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