Author: Jez Alborough
Publisher: Walker Books
Bobo the chimp wanders sadly around the jungle looking for someone to hug, but all the animals are already cuddling someone else. With minimal text, the reader is encouraged to explore the wonderful illustrations, which speak volumes about Bobo's feelings. A lovely board book, which will surely provoke lots of hugs!
Jez Alborough was born and grew up in Kingston-upon-Thames. He loved drawing and painting from an early age and always wanted to be an artist. 'I used to love the exercise books which had one blank page opposite one lined page. It was like an invitation to me to write a story and draw the illustrations.' Jez didn't much like secondary school, but going to art college in Norwich was a much happier experience: 'It felt like freedom. Having the time and space to do what I wanted to do was so uplifting. 'He graduated with a BA Honours degree in Graphic Design.
What you thought...
Our little one loves sharing this book. We have the original in English which Mummy reads and another copy in Welsh, called 'Cwtsh', which Daddy reads. Hugs in two languages!
Mummy dragon, 03 July 2015
Delightful book and lots of reasons to hug your little one
Angelique, 22 January 2015
My 18 month old son loves this story he likes pointing to the animals so I say their name and talk about what's happening in the story.
Evan&CallumsMummy21, 08 December 2014
My son loves this book. Looking at all the animals and making the noises they make and blowing kisses to bobo when he was sad.
littlereadingbear22, 27 September 2014
My ten month old loves this book whether we're reading it to her or she is looking at it on her own.
Icklebun, 16 July 2014
We love to say the different voices for the animals and use the toy to hug even more
Angelique, 12 June 2014
I read this book to my baby (4months) at a play group and had to order our own copy when we got home. 'Hug' is a lovely book with eye catching illustrations, it really encourages the readers imagination and you can have fun with different voices, we both love it!
Natalie, 01 April 2014
This book was a gift for my son from a dear friend. He loves it and so do I. It is often chosen at bedtime.
Bee69, 28 February 2014
Lucie loves this book and look at it again and again and her first word was hug!
Loulou14, 03 February 2014
My daughter loves this book, she seems to be able to emote with the monkey really well and even though the only word in the whole book is 'hug' it's a nice tale and good to discuss what else is going on in the pictures.
Kte, 31 July 2013
Its a fab book to know the emotional side of your kid. My 2 year old boy would hug the monkey on every page knowing he was lonely. A good one to teach the value of togetherness :)
Vision, 26 July 2013
We love this book! It was one of the first books we found that our baby could follow, as the narrative is told in pictures. She was spellbound from about 6 months old. Hug was one of her first words - what a positive introduction to vocabulary! A baby classic. Is there a baby laureate? Jez should be awarded it for this book!
Brownilocks, 23 June 2013
Both of my children love this book. The pictures are great for developing my toddler's vocabulary as he describes what he sees and the baby likes listening to the story.
Anne, 02 April 2013
This book is absolutely enchanting. It's challenging for me to think up news ways to say "hug" quickly, and my 11 month old son loves it. When bobo finds his mum it's simple heart warming.
billynmattsmam, 27 January 2013
My little girl loves the pictures in hug. She is now a year old and is starting to empathise with bobo and gives me a hug when we reach the end. Lovely illustrations.
monkey moo, 06 December 2012
We enjoying reading this book, talking about the animal and doing sounds as well, and the happy ending when we all hug!!!
Mommy+3, 03 December 2012
My little one has just started to learn how to hug so this book was a must from the library to share with him when I saw it.
1981PooleT, 30 October 2012
Harry loves this book :) He likes it when Bobo finds his mammy. Simple but so effective. It is just the right sized book to fit into his little hands. Definitely a favourite!
mandyb2, 18 September 2012
This was my Daughter's favourite bedtime book at age one. She liked how I said the word hug in different ways depending on whether Bobo was happy or sad.
Sima, 07 June 2012
mills loves this book and it also came with a toy which she loves, theres only a few different words but it gets you talking in lots of different voices!
pede, 09 November 2011
My daughter and I enjoy reading this book and talking about the different animals. I have found that she enjoys the book more now she is a toddler than when she was younger.
victoriajacks25, 05 November 2011
My daughter Jovita likes the book... She is sad when Bobo is sad and gives a big hug with a great smile to me when he calls out "Mummy".. She does not want Bobo to be sad and everytime she gives him also a big hug and a kiss.
Sheetal, 19 September 2011
We love this book, Thomas has real empathy for Bobo and our soft toy Bobo almost gets hugged to pieces. The illustrations are superb the emotions jump off the page.
TIMum, 06 June 2011