Jez Alborough's HUG -- irresistible in board book format -- comes with a cuddly chimp just waiting for lots of love, Need a hug? Bobo the chimp is in search of one in this best-selling picture-book charmer of very few words -- and very big heart. Now HUG is more irresistible than ever, with a cuddly companion Bobo that will have readers of all ages opening their arms.
Alborough's latest endeavor is brief on text but big on emotion. A juvenile chimp wanders the jungle searching for—what else?—a hug. In his journey he encounters familiar inhabitants in adult/infant pairs; elephants, snakes, lions, and others embrace in genial expressions of affection as the forlorn chimp ambles past, plaintively calling out,"Hug." Soon a menagerie of concerned animals trail in Bobo's wake as he becomes increasingly distressed. Just when things seem dire, out from the trees swings Bobo's mom, who joyously envelops her offspring in a warm clasp, inspiring a hug-fest among all the congregated animals. Comprised of only three words ("hug,""mommy," and"Bobo"), the spare text leaves plenty of room for Alborough's eloquent illustrations, a true testimony to the adage"a picture's worth a thousand words." The full-color, full-bleed illustrations are rendered in marker pen, allowing Alborough to impart a wealth of expression on the faces and in the body language of the various creatures. Little ones will be tickled pink by the inventive manner in which each creature embraces: chameleons engage in body-to-body hugs while clasping tails; giraffes intertwine their lanky necks; and a young hippo gleefully perches atop its recumbent parent. This warmly inviting tale is bound to inspire many a loving snuggle during storytime. (Picture book. 2-5) Kirkus reviews