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The illustrations are stunning and I love that there is a list of all the species throughout the book at the end. 8 month old loved looking at the pictures and I'm sure it'll hold his interest for years to come!
Hello Hello is one of the most interestingly illustrated books we own. It starts simply enough, with a black cat and a white cat, but as you progress through the book you encounter a delightful array of fantastic, real, creatures from all over the earth! The text is simple and fun, I enjoy reading this one aloud to our toddler and she loves looking at the unique creatures! Highly recommend for 2-6 year olds.
Such a great book, beautiful illustrations and creates awareness for endangered animals. Lots of great conversations had with my little guy how about how to treat our planet and the animals that live on it. My son asks to read this book every night.
My almost-3 and 7 year old both absolutely love this book - and so do I! :) Each time we read it together, we spot new and interesting elements in the illustrations (like how one animal rolls into the next page...a bit of foreshadowing!). Thea last pages are really interesting as they detail each animal which made an appearance in the book with a corresponding number - which tells you the animal's name and whether it is endangered, threatened, ok, etc. My son (who will turn 3 next month) wants me to read this over and over and over again. My daughter (7) said she loves this but "They All Saw A Cat" had more depth and was more interesting to her. I love this illustrator's Bugs and Beastly Babies books, but I think this one might be my personal favorite due to all the colors and animations on the animals' faces. This would make a great baby shower gift (with a name like Hello Hello -- and the book's beginning focus on black-and-white illustrations, which I think babies supposedly are most captivated by at first? Although the book quickly changes to colorful animals). It is also great for that 2-4 year old age with its focus on opposites - and older (5+) for learning the animal names. LOVE IT. I struggled with whether to buy this or take it out from the library, but I'm glad I bought it and now will buy They All Saw A Cat since I didn't realize what a huge impact that one had on my daughter. :)
I was first introduced to the They All Saw A Cat book by the same author (Brendan Wenzel) which is an awesome book. When I searched Amazon for other books by Brendan, I found Hello Hello and I quickly checked it out at the local library. My 2 daughters (3 and 7) LOVE this book! The illustrations are so beautiful and colorful and my daughters are learning about animals they've never heard of or seen before such as the pangolin (which is the most highly trafficked animal in the world and is on the verge of extinction!). At the end of the book, there's a list of animals (all kinds from not threatened at all to highly endangered). This is an excellent addition to your home library or a great gift to animal lovers!
I purchased this book back in March for my one-year old grand nephew and am writing this review on his behalf, as he's doesn't have the hang of typing yet :)
Duke of Edmond: "I am so obsessed with the Hello Hello book that it looks like a library book: wrinkled pages, some torn with tape because I got too excited, binding pulling apart to where you can see some threads. I point at every animal and wait for you to name it for me. I have it memorized so that if you take too long to say the caption, I'll say it myself! Grandma hid it after reading once because I made her read it 20x in a row (I found it though).
This book was an instant favorite the moment it arrived. The illustrations are beautiful and colorful. They captured the attention of both our one year old and three year old instantly. There is very little text in the book - however the text that is there is meaningful. When you get to the end of the book, there is a note and explanation from the author around why he included the animals he did within the book. He shares a powerful message about endangered animals, and how helping these animals begins with knowing them - begins with "hello." We were not expecting this and it made us appreciate the book even more. In all, it's a quick read, with beautiful pictures and a great message!
This book is so cute! The bright colored bold pictures really keep my infant interested and the different animals keep my 3 year old engaged. I love the message and the key at the end of all the animals. My son likes to pick an animal for us to look up more information on. He is really learning a lot. It is a great starting point for a lot of activities for older children and also a great book for babies because of the short dialogue and bright pictures. Truly a book that everyone in the family will adore. Very well done! Will be gifting it often.
This is a good book for babies and up to 3 year olds. Every page has lots of different animals and groups of animals. The illustrations are beautiful. But, word-wise, every page is very similar. "HELLO, big" "Hello, small" "Hello stripes)...et al. So read it to your small tikes. Once they start approaching independent, imaginative play, this book is irrelevant, unless they enjoy memorizing small books to read to you, which some kids like to do.