Cliff Hanger and the Fuzzy Wuzzy Bear and the Big Wig is a book from the The Adventures of Cliff Hanger by Livingston Dangerously. It's the 1465th adventure that teaches both the short "i" and "u" sounds.
Cliff Hanger hangs from a cliff and he can't hold on much longer. Cliff looks up and sees a singing a dancing bear (named Fuzzy Wuzzy) singing his theme song.
Cliff reads a page on his trusty survival manual (the page for Fuzzy Wuzzy the bear):
"When you see a Fuzzy Wuzzy bear, ask him to let down his hair." Then he said "Fuzzy Wuzzy bear, let down your hair!".
The bear does so and Cliff climbs it. Then Fuzzy Wuzzy the bear is able to pull Cliff up to safety. But before Cliff reaches to safety, the "hair" turns out to be just a big wig.
The narrator says, "It was only a big wig!". This causes Cliff to say, "Oh nuts!", and gets back to the cliff. Then he remarks the last lines of the rhyme, "Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn't fuzzy! Was he?!". He says the last part in the rhyme in a sad manner. To Cliff Hanger's rhyme, Fuzzy Wuzzy the bear (in response) taunts Cliff that he is a "baldy waldy". Then he teases Cliff that he missed the safety point (since the wig made him end up to where he started from). He calls himself that in sense that he has a bald head (a furless head). Since Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear and had no hair, he was not fuzzy. Fuzzy Wuzzy says, "I'm just a baldy waldy!", then he dances away. When he does, Fuzzy Wuzzy is gone. Finally, Cliff is once again back where he started from. Then once again, he can't hold on much longer.
- The story seems to be similar to Rapunzel, but the hair turns out to be a wig instead.
- Lionel was the narrator of the story in Episode 09: Fuzzy Wuzzy, Wuzzy?.
- Episode 08: The Boy Who Cried Wolf
- Episode 09: Fuzzy Wuzzy, Wuzzy? (as Cliff Hanger and the Fuzzy Wuzzy Bear)
- Episode 114: River Story/Salmon in Alaska