Let's Go, Hugo!
Let's Go, Hugo!
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Let's Go, Hugo!

Written and illustrated by Angela Dominguez
Published by Dial Books for Young Readers
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A charming Parisian tale of friendship and facing fears.

In this story of overcoming fears and friendship, Hugo is a good-natured, yellow bird living in Paris. He prefers to live life on the ground, and he certainly knows how to make the most of it: eating popcorn, playing in drinking fountains, and watching ballet performances. When his new friend Lulu tires of these terrestrial activities, she discovers the true reason for Hugo’s earthbound life—he doesn’t know how to fly. Dominguez brings a delightful illustration style to the tale with ink, water colors, and paper texturing. Lulu’s style is disappointingly generic when compared to Hugo’s pizzazz. While he wears a classy plaid scarf and sports a stylish pencil moustache, Lulu has standard issue pink feathers with pink bows and long eyelashes. The Parisian setting is depicted with transportive detail in the architecture of buildings and the style and activities of characters that will delight and inspire readers who dream of a trip to Paris. The full page spread providing a literal bird’s eye view of the city of lights as Hugo soars along with Lulu is superb, particularly thanks to Dominguez’s insightful decision to leave the page wordless so readers, like Hugo, pause to take in the view. Easter eggs await in the endpapers and emphasize the attention to detail in the story.

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  • Lulu recognizes the structure Hugo is building. She suggests they fly together to go see it, but Hugo makes excuses for why he can't join her. Why is Hugo making excuses?
  • *Let's Go Hugo!* is set in Paris. The illustrations of the story depict fun aspects of life in Paris, including activities, buildings, and food. What would you like to do, see, or eat if you visited Hugo's city?


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What is not an excuse Hugo uses to avoid flying with Lulu?
  1. A
    He needs to show her the park
  2. B
    He can't fly in the dark
  3. C
    He can't fly on a full stomach
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Book Details

Publication Date
January 1, 2013
Text Details
Text set in Joppa.
Illustration Details
This artwork was created with love with Canson paper, ink, tissue paper on Strathmore illustration board.
Page Count
Reading Age
3 - 6 years
Lib. of Congress (LCCN)
ATOS® Book Level
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