Hugo is a dapper little bird who adores the Eiffel Tower — or at least his view of it from down here. Hugo, you see, has never left the ground. So when he meets another bird, the determined Lulu, who invites him to fly with her to the top of the tower, Hugo stalls, persuading Lulu to see, on foot, every inch of the park in which he lives instead. Will a nighttime flying lesson from Bernard the Owl, some sweet and sensible encouragement from Lulu, and some extra pluck from Hugo himself finally give this bird the courage he needs to spread his wings and fly?
Hugo is a bird that’s afraid to fly. I love this story, because he faces his fears and ends up so happy once he’s learned how to fly. I also love that he has such wonderful friends along the way that help him practice and help him through his nerves when he’s scared. Sometimes it’s helpful to have friends that can help you to overcome your fears. :) Plus, the illustrations in this story based in Paris are gorgeous!
This fanciful tale of friendship and courage is terrific. The whimsical illustrations, the Paris setting, Hugo’s never ending excuses—it all combines to create a favorite around our home.
Let’s Go, Hugo! is a fantastic picture book. Hugo, a bird who’s comfortable living at ground level and scared of flying is pretty happy with his life. But he meets a friend, Lulu, who tells him that the Eiffel Tower is just a small flight away, and Hugo would love to see it. The illustrations are adorable, and the book has a fantastic message about being courageous and trying something new and scary. Hugo doesn’t overcome his fear alone, and the book also highlights excellent friends, Iike Lulu, who show care and kindness to help Hugo overcome his fear.
Hugo the Parisian bird is very happy on the ground, until one day he makes a friend who encourages him to fly. This book has a cute story about trying new things and stretching ourselves beyond our comfort zones. However, I’ll admit that I’m a biased Francophile—the illustrations of scenes around Paris are my favorite part.
Angela was born in Mexico City, and grew up in Texas. She has authored and/or illustrated twelve children’s books to date, including 11 picture books and most recently, 1 middle grade book. In addition to her book creation efforts, Angela also teaches at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.View Author
Where did the idea for this book originally come from?
Funnily enough, it all began with a windup chicken toy. My mom sent me one in college for Easter. He became my little mascot. I would windup him up and say “Look at you go, Hugo.” Later in graduate school, I depicted him in an illustration as a yellow bird with a red scarf.
A few years later, I revisited Hugo and did a series of illustrations. I was just trying to revamp my portfolio. My agent, Linda Pratt, was one though who saw that a story was emerging. She encouraged me to write my first picture book.
Writing the actual story was surprisingly easy. I based much of Hugo on where I was personally in my life. Like Hugo, I was content, but I wasn’t taking chances and I was letting fear get in the way. I wanted to take a big leap except mine revolved around writing not flying. Lulu represented for me a what a great friend can do. And I of course, I had to set it in Paris because Hugo is so debonair.