4 out of 4 stars
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The Hugonauts - Animals of Australia by Mark Morris invites kids to join Hugo and his friends on an adventure in Australia. Hugo travels the world with Iggy Iguana and Boobie Bird to meet animals on the land, in the sea, and even in the sky. Their mission is to treat the animals they find with love and care.
Hugo and his friends are known as the Hugonauts, and their transport is called The Beagle. The Hugonauts arrive in Australia and immediately begin to meet the animals there like Red, the Red Kangaroo, and Frills, the Frilled Neck Lizard. They observe the distinct characteristics of the animals and warn us of the ones that are not too friendly.
The Hugonauts - Animals of Australia is the second book in The Hugonauts series. I found the book to be very inspiring, even as an adult. The author's decision to donate one percent from the sale of this book to an animal charity is praiseworthy! Bravo, Mr. Morris!
I enjoyed the title's participatory approach. Readers will be excited to search for the hidden Hugo in the colorful pages of this book. Don't judge me if I tell you that I joined the search. Never mind, I am an unapologetic kid at heart! I also liked the colorful graphic images in this book. It is so appealing to the eye, and I believe kids will find the book hard to put down. I am sure children would like to show this book off to their friends when they come visiting. Also, the images and illustrations of Hugo, the animals, and The Beagle are unique and beautiful, which will help younger kids identify them easily.
Furthermore, I enjoyed the rhymes in the title's narration. One such example is, "Tas, the Tasmanian Devil, is a foul-smelling beast, that climbs and runs and swims along, all to catch a feast." Isn't that amazing? Nevertheless, what I liked the most about this book is the 'Hugo facts' at the end of it. This part of the book provides further information about Australia and the animals mentioned in the book. It also features questions that kids can ask their teachers or guardians for the answers. I believe this part will educate and entertain the kids while encouraging them to get clarifications for things they don't understand.
In conclusion, I am happy to rate The Hugonauts - Animals of Australia 4 out of 4 stars. There was nothing I didn't like about this book. This 28-page title is engaging, educative, exceptionally edited, and without any typos. I am happily recommending this book to children between the age of five and ten.
The Hugonauts - Animals of Australia
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