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When you’re a tiny chimp like Bobo, it seems that everyone else is bigger than you. Luckily, Bobo’s pals let him climb on their shoulders to give him a taste of being tall, but what if the little guy clambers too high? In this tale of very few words — and very big heart — Jez Alborough turns a moment of high anxiety...

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Overview

"A must-have title for any children who have ever felt less than enchanted with their diminutive status." - SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

When you’re a tiny chimp like Bobo, it seems that everyone else is bigger than you. Luckily, Bobo’s pals let him climb on their shoulders to give him a taste of being tall, but what if the little guy clambers too high? In this tale of very few words — and very big heart — Jez Alborough turns a moment of high anxiety into a Mommy-and-Bobo reunion.

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Dwarfed by giant palm trees, Bobo feels "small." But when the tiny chimp climbs on a rock and towers over a lizard, he feels "tall." That is, until the lizard stands up and the little guy feels small again. This amusing pattern ratchets up to the point where Bobo is riding on top of a giraffe-before he takes a "fall" safely into his mother's arms. Lighthearted cartoons tell this winning tale with a mere five words, providing a fun, succinct lesson on how size is always relative. (ages Birth to 2)
Child magazine's Best Children's Book Awards 2005
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
From its scarlet cover to the height chart folded into the back, this almost wordless picture book is bright, sweet, and funny. Alborough's exuberant little chimp (small) takes the youngest viewers through a leafy green jungle to meet his friends, a clever chameleon, a soft brown lion cub, and a cheerful elephant baby, each one taller than the last, till they come upon a young giraffe (tall) who makes them all look "small." The animals find ingenious ways to make the tiny chimp taller until, perching precariously on the giraffe's head, he takes the inevitable fall. As he drops through the air, who should appear to catch him just in time, but Mommy. Waving goodbye to his friends, the little chimp finally feels happy and secure in being small—on his mother's shoulder. Both preschoolers and their adult companions will surely delight in the large, wonderfully-expressive animals in each spread. While they are exploring the concept of height and enjoying the satisfying ending to baby chimp's day of discovery, early readers will also have a chance to learn some rhyming words, hand lettered by the author-illustrator. 2005, Candlewick, Ages 2 to 5.
—Barbara L. Talcroft
Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
This almost wordless picture book is bright, sweet, and funny. Alborough's exuberant little chimp (small) takes the young viewers through a leafy green jungle to meet his friends, a clever chameleon, a soft brown lion cub, and a cheerful elephant baby, each one taller than the last, till they come upon a young giraffe (tall) who makes them all look "small." The animals find ingenious ways to make the tiny chimp taller until, perching precariously on the giraffe's head, he takes the inevitable fall. As he drops through the air, who should appear to catch him just in time—but Mommy! Waving goodbye to his friends, the little chimp finally feels happy and secure in being small on his mother's shoulder. Both preschoolers and their adult companions will surely delight in the large, wonderfully-expressive animals in each spread. While they are exploring the concept of height and enjoying the satisfying ending to baby chimp's day of discovery, early readers will also have a chance to learn some rhyming words, hand lettered by the author-illustrator.
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PreS-Bobo, the chimp who searched for his very own embrace in the tender Hug (Candlewick, 2000), is back with a new quest in mind. He makes his way through the jungle, feeling rather small until he climbs on a rock and is convinced that he is now "tall." Unfortunately, many creatures still tower over him, even as he is lifted onto the head of a baby lion, a baby elephant, and even a giraffe before taking a dramatic tumble and being saved by his mother's nick-of-time catch. By the end, a slightly wiser Bobo is satisfied being small, while held tight in Mom's protective arms. In spite of the spare text (there are five words in all), Bobo embodies an impressive range of identifiable emotions. Alborough's adept pen-and-gouache illustrations make each feeling and point of view crystal clear through everything from slumped shoulders to delighted outstretched arms. Even the chimp's brief moments of woe are less self-pitying than simply glum. A must-have title for any children who have ever felt less than enchanted with their diminutive status.-Elizabeth Bird, New York Public Library Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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The lovable chimp, Bobo, of the wilds of Africa and previous title Hug (2000), returns with a desire to be taller than his small stature permits. First standing on top of a rock, his buddies-frog, lion cub, elephant calf and giraffe-help him successively reach greater heights by allowing him to stand on their shoulders or heads. When giraffe's horned head proves to be a bit too high and unsteady, Bobo wobbles and falls down to Mommy's waiting and loving arms. Two dominant alternating words, "small/tall," build to the climatic three word finale, "fall/Bobo/Mommy." The practically wordless text offers a dramatic scenario of consecutive views with large gouache and marker-pen jungle scenes in greens and pale orange/yellows. Expressive animal caricatures depict the emotions and desires of this cause-and-effect sequence story representing the wish of every child to be as big or as tall as his surrounding older siblings and friends. Endearingly simple and effective for the youngest. (Picture book. 1-3)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763633288
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 2/27/2007
  • Edition description: BOARD
  • Pages: 34
  • Age range: 3 months - 3 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 5.09 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Jez Alborough is the author-illustrator of the picture-book charmer HUG, his first book about Bobo. He has also created many other celebrated books for children, including SOME DOGS DO — a story about a dog who can fly — and the best-selling Eddie and the Bear books: WHERE'S MY TEDDY?, IT'S THE BEAR!, and MY FRIEND BEAR. Of TALL, he says, "Bobo experiences feeling small as well as feeling tall, but in the end he learns that whatever size you are is the size you're meant to be." Jez Alborough lives with his wife in London.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2007

    How Tall Is Tall?

    This is a wonderful book teaching the lesson that no matter who or what you are, there are always things shorter and taller. A very amusing and cuddly story for infants and preschoolers. I big, tall thumbs up to TALL!!

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