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Sometimes simple things are best.
Hug - Jez Alborough
Member Name: broxi3781
Hug - Jez Alborough
Date: 05/08/10, updated on 13/08/10 (38 review reads)
Advantages: Heartwarming story that children will adore
Disadvantages: Mum may get tired of reading this after the 1000th time or so.
My son received this book free from our local library as part of the bookstart programme. The book is so simple, I would have overlooked this had it not been free.
The book is small, bright coloured and printed on very sturdy card or board, making it ideal for little hands. As one would expect from Jez Alborough, the artwork is of the highest quality, with well detailed, brightly coloured lifelike illustrations on each page.
The text is unbelievably simple using only the word hug on all but two pages which also have single words, "Bobo" and "Mummy". It was the fact that there is so little text that originally put me off on this book. My first impression was that it lacked a story because it lacked much text. i was completely wrong. On closer inspection, the book has a brilliant and very touching story, which is well conveyed by the illustrations. The single word hug adds a emotional aspect to it, making this book truly touching.
Of course the children caught on to the true value of this book immediately. While I had to look closer to see, why they loved it so much, they took to it at once and it became a fast favourite as soon as it came into the house. My 5 year old still really enjoys this book, which is good because he can read it to his younger brother too. The youngest adores it and can listen to it 20 times in a row, which I must say I do find a bit tedious with so few words. Of course he adds his own words to the story, pointing to different animals and saying, "nooooo, that's not the Mommy", counting the number of lion cubs, naming animals and so on. And even though he has heard this into the thousands of times his face still lights up at the end.
Summary: Genius - pure and simple.
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