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by Jez Alborough

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"Alborough celebrates the pleasure of giving and receiving good hugs, as well as the joy inherent in finding just the right word." — PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (starred review)

Bobo needs a hug. But his friends don't seem to understand. "Hug," he implores, time and again. Time and again his puzzled pals—from the smallest chameleon to


"Alborough celebrates the pleasure of giving and receiving good hugs, as well as the joy inherent in finding just the right word." — PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (starred review)

Bobo needs a hug. But his friends don't seem to understand. "Hug," he implores, time and again. Time and again his puzzled pals—from the smallest chameleon to the tallest giraffe—shrug and cuddle with their jungle mothers. As the lonely chimp's plea escalates, his friends grow concerned. Can the elephants lead Bobo to his heart's desire?

Jez Alborough, the acclaimed author-illustrator of WHERE'S MY TEDDY?, IT'S THE BEAR!, and MY FRIEND BEAR transforms a total of three words—and some of the most tenderly expressive animals ever created—into an endearing tribute to love and belonging.

Editorial Reviews

Did you ever feel like you needed a hug? A really big one from someone who loves you? That's how Bobo the chimp feels. But his friends don't seem to understand. From the tiny chameleons to the tallest giraffes, all of them are happily cuddling with their jungle mothers. But every time Bobo blurts out the word "HUG" and points, it's to no avail. Will he ever find what he's looking for? With Hug, acclaimed author-illustrator Jez Alborough transforms a total of three words -- and some of the most tenderly expressive animals you've ever seen -- into a warm and fuzzy tribute to love and belonging.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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.
Publishers Weekly
Favorite characters return for the picture-book crowd as well. With just five words and a band of his always-merry animal creations, Jez Alborough weaves a sweet tale about the monkey from Hug, determined to make it to the top-and teaching youngsters about relative heights at the same time-in Tall. While the premise is simplicity itself, it's expertly paced. An oversize, huggable board book edition of Hug is also available now. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
The title says it all in this simple book about loving families. A small chimpanzee skips through the colorful jungle scenes exclaiming, "HUG," as he observes young animals being nuzzled affectionately by their parents. His expression is happy in the beginning, bringing smiles to the faces of the elephants, lizards and snakes he passes. Then he seems to be missing something. The mother elephant understands his plaintive plea and offers him a ride. They continue on past loving groups of lions, giraffes and hippopotami. When his "HUG" turns into a sob, all of the animals become concerned. They are relieved when an adult chimpanzee bounds onto the next page calling, "BOBO." He answers, "MOMMY," and all the animals join in the "HUG" chorus. This likeable little chimp and his compassionate friends will bring joy to young children and their parents, who will surely want to share a hug after reading the book. 2000, Candlewick Press, $14.99. Ages 2 to 5. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer
School Library Journal
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.
Leonard S. Marcus
A lonesome, wee chimp wanders the jungle, hoping for a hug. Then, with a little help from his animal friends, he finds his way back to his mom, who's waiting for him with open arms. Droll watercolors help tell this nearly wordless tale.
Kirkus Reviews
Alborough's latest endeavor is brief on text but big on emotion. A juvenile chimp wanders the jungle searching for—what else?—a hug. In his journey he encounters familiar inhabitants in adult/infant pairs; elephants, snakes, lions, and others embrace in genial expressions of affection as the forlorn chimp ambles past, plaintively calling out,"Hug." Soon a menagerie of concerned animals trail in Bobo's wake as he becomes increasingly distressed. Just when things seem dire, out from the trees swings Bobo's mom, who joyously envelops her offspring in a warm clasp, inspiring a hug-fest among all the congregated animals. Comprised of only three words ("hug,""mommy," and"Bobo"), the spare text leaves plenty of room for Alborough's eloquent illustrations, a true testimony to the adage"a picture's worth a thousand words." The full-color, full-bleed illustrations are rendered in marker pen, allowing Alborough to impart a wealth of expression on the faces and in the body language of the various creatures. Little ones will be tickled pink by the inventive manner in which each creature embraces: chameleons engage in body-to-body hugs while clasping tails; giraffes intertwine their lanky necks; and a young hippo gleefully perches atop its recumbent parent. This warmly inviting tale is bound to inspire many a loving snuggle during storytime. (Picture book. 2-5)

Product Details

Candlewick Press
Publication date:
Edition description:
1st U.S. Edition
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
1 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Jez Alborough says, "Bobo and his mommy just had to be chimps—they've got the best arms for giving hugs!"

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Hug 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We got this book when my girls were very young and they loved it. Now they are ages 13 and 10, and 'Hug' remains one of their favorite children's books. Yes, there is only one word in the entire story, but that is all that is needed for this sweet tale. Part of the fun for us was using different vocal expressions for the word 'hug' to match whatever was going on in any given picture.
L300 More than 1 year ago
My daughter (now age 4) loved this book when she was an infant/toddler, so I just bought it for my nine-month-old niece. It introduces older infants and young toddlers to the concept of a storyline through pictures and very few words, like Goodnight Gorilla.
philo More than 1 year ago
The illustrations in this book are beautiful and expressive. There are only three distinct words in the book, but the pictures tell a sweet story of a lost little chimp looking for his mommy. My two year old daughter loves this book.
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annacw43 More than 1 year ago
What a charming book... I bought it for my 15-month-old grandson and read it with him. He was enchanted and kept asking that I re-read it. It had so much love and appreciation of others' loving in it that it won my heart. I would absolutely recommend it to adults and children alike!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this for a friend who was finalizing her adoption - she loved it! Very simple words perfect for reading to an infant thru toddler. Love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderfully heart warming book. A wongerful way to teach children that all people like to be loved.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
too short, not enough words, every kid already knows how to hug I imagine. Maybe for a 6 month old would be ok
Guest More than 1 year ago
I checked this out at the library for my 4 year old daughter. After hearing it read to her two times, she can now 'read' it herself! And with all the emotions shown on the monkey's face! It's a great little book and I'm have now purchased a copy for her.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book! My son loves looking at the pictures of all the animals. It's a great book for talking about what's happening in the story and pointing out the animals' emotions and actions beyond the words. As for the other reviewer, the story always brings a tear to my eye ;-)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a children's story that brings tears even to my eyes when I read it to my daughter. It's simple, poignant and will touch a chord in any child.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We received this book shortly after my son's birth. It's so simple and so meaningful. My son was encouraged to hug because of this book. He also grew affectionate towards elephants. But the best part was that he started trying to call me mommy because of this book. It came out Boppy, but that was okay. He calls me momma and mommy now. True treasure. The Lord Jesus is Good! The Lord Jesus is Trustworthy! May WE PRAISE HIM TODAY!