Hugo and the Really, Really, Really Long String

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In a little house on the top of a hill lives a happy little guy named Hugo. When Hugo sees a mysterious red string, he just knows he’s going to find something wonderful at the end of it! Hugo’s journey takes him across the river, underground, and throughout town—all while gathering curious new friends along the way! What does Hugo finally find at the end of the mysterious red string? An embarrassing, hilarious, wonderful surprise! A rhyming refrain and Bob Boyle’s signature animated, geometric art style will ...
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In a little house on the top of a hill lives a happy little guy named Hugo. When Hugo sees a mysterious red string, he just knows he’s going to find something wonderful at the end of it! Hugo’s journey takes him across the river, underground, and throughout town—all while gathering curious new friends along the way! What does Hugo finally find at the end of the mysterious red string? An embarrassing, hilarious, wonderful surprise! A rhyming refrain and Bob Boyle’s signature animated, geometric art style will entertain readers as they learn about what happens when new friends work toward a common goal.
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Publishers Weekly
Boyle—creator of the animated TV show Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!—sets his first book for children in a landscape that looks like an old eight-bit video game; everything is rendered in flat, squarish shapes with rough edges. The story feels pretty old school, too: Hugo, a purple hippopotamus in a neat tie, roams through town following a red string. He collects friends as he goes, singing in lumpy verse, “There must be something special at the end!/ I'll share it with you, my newfound friend.” The red string, a clever device, leads the group through diverting city spaces—classrooms, railway tunnels, a noodle shop—until the group arrives at Hugo's house to discover it leads to a pair of Hugo's underwear that has been unraveled by his dog. Hugo's humiliation is short-lived, as “everyone began to sing—'We were eight strangers who followed the string! It really was a wonderful thing!' ” Boyle's pacing is able, and he scatters his artwork with amusing details; despite the somewhat sterile feel of the story, readers should appreciate its cheer—and the gag ending. Ages 3-6. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Kathie M. Josephs
Hugo is a silly-looking little person. He is purple, and he has a very, very big head! He always wants to know about things. One day when looking out his window, Hugo sees a bright red piece of string. Being curious, he feels compelled to find out where the string is from and why it is in the middle of the lawn. Of course, Hugo's imagination gets the better of him, and he decides that the end of the string must be attached to a treasure chest filled with gold and jewels—or even something better. He sets out to find the end of the string. He goes through parks, across a river, downtown, through a noodle shop, and even through a school. Along the way, different people ask him what he doing; Hugo sings his response: "My name is Hugo and I'm following this string! As you can see, it's a wonderful thing! There must be something special at the end! I'll share it with you, my newfound friend." He makes lots of new friends on his journey, and everyone is surprised where they find the end. What a delightful book! This is a perfect choice for reading aloud, and children will be fascinated with the illustrations. The book is an ideal gift for any young child and a "must-have" for school, preschool and public libraries. The story provides a wonderful lesson—having friends is important, and the best way to accomplish a task is for everyone to work together. Reviewer: Kathie M. Josephs
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Hugo, described as "a happy little guy," resembles a lavender hippo wearing a shirt and tie. One morning, he and his dog, Biscuit, spot a red string and decide to find out where it leads. They set out from Hugo's house and meet other animals along the way. As each new addition joins the hunting party, a four-line song is repeated in the text. It is clear that these adventurers expect to find an awesome treasure at the end of the string, and they plan to share it. They are disappointed at the mundane origin of the string, but then celebrate the friendships they made along the way and enjoy a snack of crumpets and tea. Readers familiar with the animated show Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! will recognize Boyle's cartoon world of rounded edges and frayed black outlines. While the story may appear to take place in Wuzzleburg, there is no direct reference to the show, meaning this is not a media tie-in, but a smart stand-alone picture book with lovable, fun characters.—Lisa Glasscock, Columbine Public Library, Littleton, CO
Kirkus Reviews
Flat, stylized illustrations and a meandering yet linear plot proclaim Boyle's background in animation (he's the creator of Nick Jr.'s Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!). Hugo is a purple hippopotamus with a huge head and small, blocky body. Hugo, his dog, their home on a hill, the town below and its residents all have the deliberately retro charm of many contemporary cartoons. The characters (all animals) have thick, black outlines that appear to advantage on the sometimes busy compositions, which feature a mix of double-page spreads and vignettes of various sizes. The relatively subdued palette allows readers to easily follow the long, red string that propels the plot. This is essentially a one-joke book, though the long-ish text might suggest otherwise. The mysterious string that leads Hugo through the town and introduces him to a number of new friends turns out to be "a very long thread from his old underwear." Tomorrow's adventures are implied in the blue string that leads from Hugo's rug to his bedroom window. Undemanding but potentially popular. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375834233
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 3/23/2010
  • Series: Picture Book Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Bob Boyle is the creator and executive producer of the hit shows Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! (Nickelodeon) and Yin Yang Yo! (Disney XD). Bob has also worked as an animator for the popular Nickelodeon shows The Fairly OddParents, Danny Phantom, and Garfield and Friends.
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