Hugo Pepper is an orphan whose parents were eaten by savage beasts. With a start in life like that, you know his will be no ordinary existence. Hugo is adopted by the people who find him, reindeer herders and cheesemakers who’ve longed for a child of their own. When he learns of his real parents, he sets off to find them.
All great journeys start off with discoveries and lead to more along the way. Hugo’s is no different. The story gets him mixed up with antiquated mermaids, illusive snow beasts, a silent lamplighter, tea sellers and tea drinkers, sneaky snoops who sell information in exchange for hush money and lost pirate booty. It’s delightful stuff to read and children will love it. Who couldn’t love a book with pirates in it?
The book is, as always, enhanced by the illustrations of Chris Riddell, Mr. Stewart’s frequent partner in crime. They convey the same sense of whimsy that you might find in a Terry Pratchett novel, what with exaggerated features and ridiculous hats that look as if they might be seen on elves.
This is a silly but adorable book, one to be read in front of a cozy fire, with your feet up, a cat in your lap (even a one-eared one), a cup of tea in your hand and a plate of Florentine cookies on the table.
I read this book quite a bit. It's short and simple and the illustrations never get old.
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