"A perfect introduction to story telling. My (nearly 2yo) son…"
A perfect introduction to story telling. My (nearly 2yo) son doesn't have a great attention span for being read to but the emotions in this book captivate him and he acts out sad faces and cuddles as we read it. A real favourite.Read moreLess
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"A favourite in our house. It can be bought as…"
A favourite in our house. It can be bought as a board book or a soft backRead moreLess
"We love this book in our bi-lingual house because my…"
We love this book in our bi-lingual house because my husband and I can both put our own embellishments around the story because there is only one word throughout. My daughter still loves this book and she's nearly 3, esp giving and receiving big hugs at the end!Read moreLess
"ahhhh we love this book in our house as it…"
ahhhh we love this book in our house as it is simple enough for the children to join in reading with but also has lots of bright pictures we can look at and talk about. We always end the book with a big group HUG that the children love.Read moreLess
"A gorgeous book - with a simple heartwarming story that…"
A gorgeous book - with a simple heartwarming story that toddlers can easily understand. My los will run to be shouting 'Mummy!' expecting to hear 'Bobo!'before they get their own hugs!Read moreLess
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"Hug by Jez Alborough is a simple idea for a…"
Hug by Jez Alborough is a simple idea for a book but very effective. A baby monkey is lost in the jungle and all he wants is a cuddle, he sees lots of different animals in their family groups as he walks and they are all cuddling and snuggling together so he feels very alone.
The only word used in the whole book is 'Hug' and the story is expertly told using the facial expression of the baby monkey along with the gestures and body language of the other animals. The drawings are superb and the baby monkey in particular is rendered so that his face is full of expectation each time he sees a group of animals, only for it to turn to disappointment when he realises his mum isn't there. On each page the baby monkey holds his arms out and the word 'Hug' is there, my 12 month old daughter knows the word hug and wraps her arms around me whenever I read the word from the book. She also points at the monkey and strokes his face as if she is aware of his sadness at not having a hug when he wants one.
My favourite animals in the book are the elephants because they look so sympathetic towards the baby monkey and are drawn in a lovely way making them look almost like they could make very good foster parents should monkey not be able to find his mum! In fact all the animals through the book are drawn beautifully and they have a sweetness about them that made both me and my daughter love looking at the pictures.
Hug is a very entertaining book, I thought my daughter would be bored because there aren't many words but she really enjoys pointing at all the animals for me to name them and I usually make the story up myself so that she can hear my voice while looking at the pictures. Older children and adults can follow the story from the pictures but I think toddlers would need it explaining as they are not expert enough at reading facial expression to properly realise what's going on.
This is a sweet and friendly book, even though the baby monkey is sad that he can't find his mum there is no distress and I get the impression that the author and illustrator were going for a fun way of showing that it's not terribly scary to be separated from mum for a while. He is helped out by all the friendly jungle animals and it's obvious that he is making friends all through his journey, just like any good childrens book the characters all are simply drawn and attractive to look at with big smiling faces and friendly poses.
Hug is a board book so it is very durable, there is no damage to my daughters copy even though she has had it for a good 3 or 4 months now and I allow her to play with it herself. It only cost me aroundRead moreLess
"The illustrations in this book are gorgeous and show you…"
The illustrations in this book are gorgeous and show you exactly how sad the little monkey is feeling and how much he wants a cuddle. We love naming all the different animals and saying 'hug' in lots of different tones of voice. A really lovely book.Read moreLess
"Really heartwarming story told almost entirely in pictures about Bobo…"
Really heartwarming story told almost entirely in pictures about Bobo the lost baby Gorilla. Don't worry, it's a happy ending and by the end of the book he is reunited with Mummy with the help of a kindly Elephant. This book is nice for small children as it is made of thick holdable card, has lovely illustrations and a nice simple story. Parents can read it using just the word "Hug!" -which is repeated throughout - or add their own embellishments. Children will enjoy joining in. All the Jez Alborough books are great but this is especially nice for toddlers.Read moreLess
"Ahhh! Lovely book, mostly about the pictures with only a…"
Ahhh! Lovely book, mostly about the pictures with only a few words, ending up in a big cuddle!
We ALL love this book! The monkey is so sweet and you really know how he's feeling!Read moreLess
"Great! Lovely pictures and lots of animals to discuss.…"
Great! Lovely pictures and lots of animals to discuss. The same word (Hug!) repeated throughout. My 5 year old still loves it and my 2 year old thinks it's great too.Read moreLess