REVIEW: Wince – The Monster of Worry
Author, illustrator and WorryWoo Monster creator Andi Green has revealed her newest book – Don't Feed The WorryBug. Featuring Wince, The Monster of Worry, both the book and a brand new plush are currently available for pre-order (slated to begin shipping in September 2011).
Wince, The Monster of Worry can’t stop worrying! His worries are with him wherever he goes. If you have ever worried about anything, then maybe you can help. His big floppy ears are waiting for someone to share their feelings. Are you up to the job? No experience needed just a willingness to encourage Wince with lots of hugs!
Wince – The Monster of Worry
Series: WorryWoo Monsters
Manufacturer: Monsters In My Head
Artist: Andi Green
Dimensions: 11” tall
The attached swing tag features illustrated versions of the Wince characters on both the front and inside left panels of the tag. Also featured inside is the above background information about the WorryWoo Monster.
Wince is the fifth WorryWoo Monster from artist Andi Green. However, he's the first WorryWoo that openly worries. He's the Monster of Worry. The previous four characters were the monsters of Loneliness, Insecurity, Confusion, and Innocence. I guess they all worried about something, but Wince apparently worries about worrying.
While I haven't seen the accompanying book (Don't Feed The WorryBug), I have seen some preview images. If you've yet to check out any of Andi Green's books, you're missing out on some great artwork. She uses pen, ink and watercolors to give her creations a unique style. The only problem is that the artwork is so good that it's difficult to transfer that to realistic plush characters.
Don't get me wrong, the Wince plush is a great companion to the books. Kids will love being able to read the book and have the character right there to cuddle up with. But the only way you'd get a perfect recreation of Andi's complex characters is via plastic. But they really should be plush...oh what to do!?!
Rather than comparing the Wince plush to the source, let's just look at it by itself. The ears and wings are super soft (I've already caught my son dragging Wince around by them). The feet are similar to Rue and Squeek, with a single claw. Wince also has the traditional WorryWoo bellybutton – an inny, of course. The plush is of slightly above average quality. There are no strings or holes or anything of that nature to be found.
Remember, the Wince plush and book are currently available for pre-order, with shipping expected in September 2011. You can pick up the plush, the book, or the set of both.
You can pick one up at the following:
WorryWoo Monsters Store: $36.00 set (or $21.50 plush and $14.99 book)
Wince - The Monster of Worry Grades
Plush Quality: 8/10
Fun Factor: 9/10