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Product Details

  • Board book: 34 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (February 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763633283
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763633288
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 5.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

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
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PreS-Gr. 1. Just right for sharing with little ones who wish they were taller, this story about Bobo the chimp reassures as well as entertains. Using very few words and expressive illustrations, Alborough depicts Bobo's attempts to be tall. Feeling "small," Bobo climbs on a rock ("Tall"). He feels small again after a friendly lizard, who looks pretty small himself, stands up straight. The lizard allows Bobo to get on its shoulders ("Tall"). A lion cub walks by ("Small"), and Bobo gets on its back ("Tall"). Then Bobo proceeds to climb aboard a succession of progressively larger animals, opening the way for children to guess the animal he will scale next. One humorous spread shows Bobo atop an elephant, a kangaroo's legs showing in the background; the rest of the kangaroo is too tall for the page. When Bobo falls from the kangaroo's head, he cries "Fall!" but Mommy comes running to catch him. Bobo's wishing-to-grow pains will ring true with small children, and the repetition of a few simple words, set off in speech balloons, will encourage group participation. Diane Foote
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Customer Reviews

The pictures are colorful and engaging.
B. Cowlham
Hug was my 11 year old son's favorite book when he was a toddler.
Amazon Customer
This is a must have for any baby/toddler reader.
C. Lattimer

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Justin G. TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 20, 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Bobo fans rejoice! The lovable chimp from Hug is back in Jez Alborough's latest book Tall. This time around, Bobo wants to be as tall as his friends in the jungle, each of whom try to help the little guy out by putting him on their shoulders. Mommy shows up just in time to rescue him when he takes a tumble off of the giraffe, teaching Bobo that sometimes it's OK to be small.

Tall follows the same approach as Hug, with a minimal use of words (small, tall, fall, Bobo, and Mommy) and a journey through the jungle where he encounters some familiar friends. Alborough's artwork is wonderful, and Bobo's facial expressions are just as endearing as they were in Hug.

Tall is a delightful book for young children; and anyone who's a child at heart will find this book hard to resist. Like Hug, Tall is the kind of book worth passing to the next generation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. Veerakamolmal on February 19, 2008
Format: Board book
Great, great book that benefits the child in many ways. On emotion and trust, it shows that parents will always be there for the child -- Bobo's mom ran to catch him when he was about to fall. My 1.8 years old child loves it when I simulate that I can football-catch a falling teddy bear, and especially prevent her from falling down in real life. The book also shows friendship between Bobo and the other animals.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Crawford on November 2, 2007
Format: Paperback
my 3 yr old daughter and I love this book so much. this is the first book that she can read and spell and remember quickly the words because it repeat again and again my daughter start remember the word without she realize it.
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My granddaughters are enchanted with Bobo and have been since they first got "Hug". I bought "Tall" for them recently and they enjoy
it almost as much. I think the joy of Alborough's "Bobo" books are not just the illustrations and the " meat" of the story but the
fact that you can personalize it for maximum appeal to your listener(s). "Tall" shows another side to Bobo as he finds himself the
smallest of his friends who we remember from "Hug". I love that they help him with his vertical fantasies so willingly. I still giggle when Bobo is doing his
triumphant dance on the Elephant's head and a pair of long, thin giraffe appear in the background! I would recommend strongly since "Tall" is
well thought out, beautifully and expressively illustrated and a book that won't be "grown out of" since the telling can grow with the child(ren).
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By Amazon Customer on March 12, 2013
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Hug was my 11 year old son's favorite book when he was a toddler. After a move, I found the book and handed it down to our 22 month old. She absolutely loved it. So the purchase of Tall was a no-brainer and it did not disappoint. Our babe loves the emotions of BoBo. The simplicity of the book does not overwhelm our toddler, and I feel gives her the ability to completely ingest the colors, animals and key words. She mimics the emotions of BoBo with such delight that I don't think it a stretch that this book is introducing basic principals of empathy.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is not the classic that Hug is, but it is more educational. The book involves Bobo comparing his height (as he stands on various things and animals) to the heights of other animals. In each case, he decides who is taller: Bobo or the other animal.

Spoiler alert (LOL)! As Bobo climbs on the tallest animal he finds (a giraffe), he falls. His mother catches him, so the ending of the story is similar to Hug.
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By B. Cowlham on September 21, 2012
Format: Paperback
I discovered this author when my first granddaughter was two and have loved the books with my grandkids through five babies! The pictures are colorful and engaging. Stories are carried perfectly through pictures with the minimal vocabulary easily remembered by even the littlest child. They love to shout out the words as I pause for them to "shine on!" Thanks for such terrific books!
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Jez makes the most charming children's books but his series with Bobo the monkey is just too clever. Jez makes a book with one word, really draws you into his illustrations and allows the reader to bring imagination to the story telling by interpreting a little differently each time. This is a must have for any baby/toddler reader. This is a book that grows with your child.
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Jez was born in Kingston upon Thames in 1959. He went to art school in Norwich and then set about entering the competitve world of children's books. Jez has now written and illustrated over thirty picture books for children, he was runner up of the 1985 Mother Goose Award with his first book Bare Bear. Jez lives in London with his Danish wife.

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