Tuesday, October 8, 2019

"Aalfred and Aalbert" - a bookwrap


by Morag Hood

* Age:  3-7
* Grade Level:  PS-2
* Hardcover:  32 pages
* Publisher:  Peachtree Publishing Company Inc.
* Pub. Date:  Sept. 1, 2019

Editorial Reviews

From Two Hoots, and the fabulous author-illustrator Morag Hood, there’s the adorable aardvark story of Aalfred and Aalbert, whose different sleep cycles have doomed them never to meet, much to the frustration of a small avian matchmaker. Whether snoozing curled up in their burrows or following their passions of broccoli, cheese and flowers, these aardvarks, and their happy ending, make for ear-to-ear smiles.
~Imogen Russell Williams - Guardian

A superbly comic though still subtle and understated gay love story appears in Morag Hood’s Aalfred and Aalbert (Two Hoots), the story of two star-crossed aardvarks who emerge from their burrows at fatally different times – one by night and one by day. [...] While some children might read Aalfred and Aalbert simply as a story of friendship, others will be delighted by the small, sweet smiles of the enormously endearing protagonists, finding and falling for each other at last.
~Times Literary Supplement

Unwrapping Some Illustration for You to Enjoy

Unwrapping the Story

This is a charming book starring two radically different aardvarks who live opposite lives.  

"Aalfred loved stars, broccoli and picnics."
 Aalbert loved flowers, sunshine, and cheese. 
 And they both loved sleeping quite a bit, except..."

... and that tiny word "except" kept the two aardvarks apart because Aalbert slept all night and Aalfred slept all day.  Although they liked their separate lives they conjured up thoughts that perhaps having another aardvark in their lives would make them even more happy and content, but alas that probably would never come to pass. 

A little bird who observed the two came up with a plan to try to connect the duo together so their lives would be more complete and blissful if they had someone to share it with.  

Can a little bird become a successful matchmaker and have the aardvarks meet up and hopefully become fast friends?  

This book is a portrait of two aardvarks who after many failed attempts finally connect and decide to share life's journey together.  The engaging colourful illustrations are full of expression and activity.  "Aalfred and Aalbert" is a fun book to recommend to you. 

Storywrap Rating - 5 HUGS!!!!!

Meet the author/illustrator

Morag Hood has a unique voice. Her idiosyncratic, wry humour permeates everything she does, creating books of style and irresistible charm. Colin and Lee, Carrot and Pea was a runner-up in The Macmillan Prize for Illustration, marking a glorious picture book debut. Morag spent her childhood writing stories, painting, and dreaming of having a pet duck. Following a degree in Costume Design from Wimbledon College of Art, and an MA in Children’s Book Illustration from the Cambridge School of Art, Morag returned to live in her native Edinburgh with her husband. She still likes making stories, printing, cutting and sticking, and freshly sharpened pencils. The pet duck is yet to make an appearance.

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