Ever feel like you need a hug, a really big hug from someone who loves you? That's how Bobo the little chimp feels. Walking through the jungle he passes lots of creatures enjoying a cuddle together: elephants, chameleons, and lions, but Bobo is alone, will he ever find the hug he needs?
Jez Alborough is the author and illustrator of over 45 books for children. His Eddy and the Bear trilogy (which began with the much-loved Where's My Teddy in 1992) has sold nearly four and a half million copies and was made into an award-winning animated television series.
Duck in the Truck (published in 1999) heralded the start of another bestselling series, this time featuring the irrepressible Duck and his three friends - Frog, Goat and Sheep. There are currently nine books in the Duck series and 1.2 million copies have been sold.
In 2000 Jez created Hug - a powerful and touching book of only three words about a baby chimpanzee called Bobo who loses his Mom. Oprah Winfrey raved about it on her show when she chose it for her recommended reading list while Richard Curtis (the writer and director of Four Weddings and a Funeral) selected it as one of his 'Best Books', calling it 'classic family drama which holds up well next to Jez's other masterpieces.' Bobo went on to star in two more classics; Tall ( which along with Hug won the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Book Award) and Yes. The series has sold 1.76 million copies.
Jez's latest publictaion is Six Little Chicks and next in production is a new rhyming series introducing Nat the Cat and his two friends Hugo the Hare and Billy the Goat. You can share Nat the Cat's journey from idea to publication as it happens in my Book Blog).
Jez lives in West London. You can read more about his books in the JezAlborough.com library. His official Facebook page is facebook.com/jezalborough and you can follow him on Twitter @JezAlborough.