"Joey didn't share and he felt there was something wrong with him"--Jacket flap. So Howard tried to help Joey. When Joey brought the chameleons to school, and they escaped, they were very hard to find. That gave Howard an idea about how Joey could fit in better.
When a new student arrives in Howard B. Wigglebottom's class, he is ignored by the other children because he does not sit still or follow rules, and Howard helps him learn how to blend in...
Howard B. Wigglebottom likes to win, but he learns that nobody wins all the time. Howard learns how to become a teamplayer when his soccer team makes it to finals.
Howard B. Wigglebottom is so determined to win, for to him coming in second is not acceptable, that on the day of the big soccer game he plays so aggressively, and is such a poor teammate his coach has to bench him.
Howard B. Wigglebottom learns a valuable lesson about anger and how to deal with it after being put in time-out during school for reacting negatively after not getting his way.
When Howard B. Wigglebottom has trouble managing his anger and gets in trouble at school, his friend Ali helps him figure out how to back away and feel better.
The goal of the author is to help children to become better listeners.
When Howard B. Wigglebottom starts feeling sad about always getting into trouble at school for not listening, he decides to change his ways.