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Hug (Bobo and Friends)


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Jez Alborough was a runner-up for the Mother Goose Award in 1985. "Hug" was shortlisted for the Children's Book of the Year Award at the 2001 Nibbies and won the Norfolk Children's Book Award.

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Jez Alborough was runner-up for the Mother Goose Award in 1985. Since then he has written and illustrated numerous titles, including Ice-cream Bear; Hello, Beaky!; Cuddly Dudley; Where's My Teddy?; It's the Bear!; My Friend Bear; Watch Out! Big Bro's Coming! and the novelty books Can You Peck Like a Hen?; Can You Jump Like a Kangaroo?; Washing Line; Hide and Seek; and There's Something at the Letterbox. Jez lives in Surrey.


Infused with heartfelt themes, board books and novelty titles galore emerge just in time for Valentine's Day. Hot on the trail of little Bobo's love-seeking jungle jaunt, author/ illustrator Jez Alborough's witty marker pen illustrations supplement spare text in Hug. After witnessing many other animals' embraces, he finds a hug of his own. ( Jan.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

"A picture book in the truest sense... the illustrations will prompt discussion, imaginative storytelling - and cuddles." Junior * Beautifully illustrated... A must for the very young. Heartwarming." The Sunday Mirror * "A festival of hugs." The Daily Telegraph * "A book for anyone who has ever felt they needed a hug... The big, bright pictures dance off the page with such exuberance that you can't help but feel happy while you are looking at it." The Guardian

PreS-Gr 1-This picture-book protagonist is even more endearing than Alborough's bears in Where's My Teddy? (1992) and My Friend Bear (1998, both Candlewick). Bobo, a tiny chimp, searches the jungle for a hug. Witnessing elephant, iguana, giraffe, and other parent-child couples embracing reduces him to tears, until his mother finally appears to make things right. Cross-species hugs complete the satisfying and reassuring tale. Marker-pen illustrations expertly run the range of brilliant blue skies to tan dusty trails. The rounded cartoon figures demonstrate an array of emotions to augment the text that consists of only three words: "HUG," "BOBO," and "MOMMY." From the warm golden cover to the animal grins at the end, Alborough's simplicity results in another gem.-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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