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Hugo is getting ready before he sets out to practise his water ballet routine at the local swimming pool. Bella, annoyingly, is copying everything he does. She even picks out the same outfit as Hugo ...hat, goggles, water wings, flippers and gingham costume. Hrmph! Bella continues to copy Hugo once they're in the water, adding to his infuriation. But then a poolside bird and hippo rush to take a photo of Hugo and Bella's fabulous routine, swimming in perfect harmony. And the copying that caused all the friction is now something to be proud of! Hugo and Bella head straight for the ice-cream parlour to celebrate but will they choose the same flavour or will they both want something different? With wonderfully quirky illustrations from new talent Simon Rickerty and a great read-aloud text, this is a made-for-sharing picture book.
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Ann Bonwill grew up in America. Her mother worked as a children's librarian so Ann was always surrounded by books and she loved to read and write stories throughout her childhood. After gaining a psychology degree and a master's degree in social work, Ann worked in a variety of social care positions in schools and hospitals and taught at a Montessori school. Ann lives in the US with her husband and young son. Ann is the author of Pocket's Christmas Wish, also published by OUP. Simon Rickerty has been drawing pictures and creating characters ever since he can remember. He studied illustration at the London College of Communication and graduated in graphic and media design. He then went on to complete a masters in communication, art and design at the Royal College of Art. Simon lives in Somerset.From Booklist:
Bonwill works the benefits of both cooperation and individuality into this second outing for Hugo the hippo and his tiny buddy, Bella the bird. Attempting to affirm his unique talents while getting ready for a water ballet, Hugo becomes increasingly irritated as Bella—complimenting and agreeing with him all the while—imitates his every move. No sooner does he accuse her of being a copycat (“I am not a copycat. I am a bird”) than onlookers rush up to proclaim the two “amazing synchronized swimmers!” This prompts a celebratory visit to the ice-cream parlor, where both order the same dish—and then Bella changes hers, “to be unique!” Just as the all-dialogue story line resembles one of Mo Willems’ Elephant and Piggie relationship dramas, the animals in Rickerty’s big, simple illustrations are drawn in broad, expressive strokes and placed against minimally detailed backgrounds. An emotionally nuanced and funny illustration of imitation being a form of flattery. Grades K-2. --John Peters
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Book Description OUP Oxford, 2013. Paperback. Condition: New. Dispatched, from the UK, within 48 hours of ordering. This book is in Brand New condition. Seller Inventory # CHL2142718
Book Description Oxford University Press. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M019274545X