My Little Sister Hugged an Ape

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WILD ANIMALS DON’T SCARE Little Sister. And to show how much she likes them, she’s going to hug them all, from Ape to Zebra, whether they like it or not! A newt, an octopus, a porcupine . . . it’s a slimy, slippery, prickly situation. What will Little Sister hug next? And what kind of trouble will those hugs get her into?

With riotously revolting rhymes and hysterically funny art, kids will be laughing their way from A to Z . . . until all the ...

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Overview

WILD ANIMALS DON’T SCARE Little Sister. And to show how much she likes them, she’s going to hug them all, from Ape to Zebra, whether they like it or not! A newt, an octopus, a porcupine . . . it’s a slimy, slippery, prickly situation. What will Little Sister hug next? And what kind of trouble will those hugs get her into?

With riotously revolting rhymes and hysterically funny art, kids will be laughing their way from A to Z . . . until all the animals are scared away and there’s only one person left to hug!

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Editorial Reviews

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“This fanciful frolic through the alphabet gives youngsters words and images aplenty to chuckle over.”—Publishers Weekly
Publishers Weekly
The creators of My Little Sister Ate One Hare here turn their attention from counting to the alphabet, echoing the playfully off-color humor of that earlier collaboration. In rollicking rhymed couplets, the camera-toting young narrator chronicles his wide-eyed sister's "hugging spree," describing her affectionate antics with a menagerie of critters from ape to zebra. More often than not, the demonstrative girl's encounters yield comically calamitous consequences, as when "My little sister hugged an eel./ She liked its slippery, slimy feel./ It tied itself up in a long, icky knot/ And hung from her nose like a big glob of snot." In other ill-fated embraces, a hog lands on top of her in "soft, gooey mud," she falls out of a kangaroo's pouch into a pricker bush and an umbrella bird lays an egg that "broke into pieces and ran down her leg." Offering some drolly-skewed perspectives, Hawkes's vividly hued, energetic illustrations match the appealing goofiness of the narrative (youngsters can almost smell the skunk's scent from the visual representation of its effects). This fanciful frolic through the alphabet gives youngsters words and images aplenty to chuckle over. Ages 5-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Bill Grossman's My Little Sister Ate One Hair is a perfect blend of rhyme, rhythm and story about a small girl who eats her way through a strange number of animals as her brother counts to ten. The author teams up again with Kevin Hawkes to create this alphabet-based companion. Up to her eccentric antics, this time the little sister hugs her way through an alphabetic cast of animals with the same kind of silly and somewhat disgusting results that audiences savored the first time around. The repeated refrain: "My sister's on a hugging spree" appears periodically to accent her wild adventures. Her hugs result in being sat on by a hog, tangled in the knots of an octopus, and wiping the stripes off a zebra. Finally there's one surprise hug left for someone really special—her brother! 2004, Knopf, Ages 4 to 7.
—Susie Wilde
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-The exuberant and omnivorous younger sibling from this team's My Little Sister Ate One Hare (Crown, 1996) is back. Hawkes's rounded, humorous paintings interpret Grossman's manic universe-this time one in which "ABC golly gee!/My sister's on/a hugging spree!" Letter by letter, the girl enthusiastically squeezes an amusing assortment of animals. While the premise is not so fresh the second time around, the book's humor will certainly appeal to children: "My little sister hugged a NEWT,/Who climbed in her mouth because it looked cute/And crawled so far down that you hardly could spot him./All you could see sticking out was his bottom." While adults may not embrace this book, young listeners surely will.-Kathleen Whalin, York Public Library, ME Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The adventurous younger sibling who Ate One Hare-and so much more-back in 1996 returns, no older, to hug her way exuberantly through an alphabet of flamboozled creatures, from Ape to Zebra. Like its predecessor, the gross-out factor is high, but not off the charts-"My little sister hugged a BUG / A mighty tiny thing to hug. / It slipped from her arms and flew up her nose. / Bugs prefer noses to arms, I suppose"-and Hawkes's scenes of underlit figures with oversize heads and popping eyes will also have children rolling in the aisles, but not losing their lunches. The hugging spree ends with a final, aw-shucks embrace of big brother, who's been following along with a camera-a perfect end to the best touchy-feely read-aloud since Grossman's like-themed Donna O'Neeshuck Was Chased By Some Cows (1988), illustrated by Sue Truesdell. (Picture book. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385736602
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 10/14/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 838,441
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.70 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Grossman worked as a gravedigger, forklift operator, computer engineer, and third-grade teacher before writing books for children. He is now a professor of engineering. He lives in Connecticut.

Kevin Hawkes is the author as well as the illustrator of The Wicked Big Toddlah. He lives in Maine.

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