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Hugo Pepper (Far-Flung Adventures #3)

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  601 Ratings  ·  53 Reviews
Hugo Pepper, orphaned by polar bears, is raised in the Frozen North by the Runter-Tun-Tuns. At 12, he sets the sled Compass of the Heart to home, Firefly Square in Harbour Heights. Editor-blackmailer Elliot and snoopy Cressida are evicting the neighborhood. But Hugo's gran was pirate Brimstone Kate - her treasure awaits. Drawn in intricate amazing detail.
Hardcover, Doubleday David Fickling, 264 pages
Published February 2007 by Random House (first published 2006)
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Dustin Crazy little brown owl
I think this is a fun trilogy – Hugo Pepper is book 3. It's amazing how different each of these Far Flung Adventures are written, yet they remain interconnected. I think Hugo Pepper is my favorite of the series - it was very interesting and like the other two, extremely high quality in both story an illustrations.

Hugo Pepper is written in a unique style – short stories give parts of a lager story, but not in chronological order – I liked the stories within within a story format. I liked the idea
Jul 26, 2010 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Wow! What a ride...this is a very long book to read with children and to be honest, our youngest wasn't all that thrilled, although she did listen attentively for most of it. But I loved the book (and I think our oldest did too!) It has intrigue, intricately woven stories that connect and reconnect, a veritable soap opera. I think it was a little difficult to read aloud, merely for the fact that the book switches back and forth so much, from background stories to present day, from one character ...more
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
An Odd1
May 03, 2012 An Odd1 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, action, fun
"Hugo Pepper" (Far Flung Adventures 3) by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell entangles words with finely penned leaf, flower, feather, fold, folderol in delightful fanciful flourishes of fantasy. Vignettes of eccentric personalities mesh, starting, as so many Stewart-Pepper chronicles do, with orphan baby Hugo Pepper found by Frozen North reindeer herders and cheese makers snub-nosed childless tall bony Harvi Runter-Tun-Tun and short round wife Sarvi. At 12, cute in oversized outfits, he follows his ...more
Jacob Smith
Sep 20, 2016 Jacob Smith rated it it was amazing
The main character Hugo pepper was raised by harvi and sarvi runner-tun-tun. Although they are not his real parents they take care of him as if they were. His real parent were supposedly killed by polar bears while they were on a journey. As he gets older he wants to know where he used to live and where he came from. He uses the compass of the heart to find his home. As he is flying he runs out of food and crashes. He lands in harborur heights where he meets daisy and Lilly Neptune. After a whil ...more
Karl Orbell
Dec 08, 2012 Karl Orbell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The last in the little Far Flung Adventures series, three for three with the Smarties prize awards. So they were obviously well received and I can see why.

Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell are a magnificent and prolific team, this book was my 23rd book by the pair, and there are still more to go. This series is not the best of their work in my opinion, though it is still very good, inventive and with a good pace. But it is deliberately written for younger readers, so perhaps lacks some of the depth
The brilliant team of writer Paul Stewart and illustrator Chris Riddell (of the Edge Chronicles) has created a wondeful trilogy of fantastical tales for a younger audience. The books are full of illustrations, large font, and fantastical stories that make you want to read the book in one sitting. Great for reluctant readers. My favorite title in the series is the last one -- Hugo Pepper (2006) about a boy, orphaned and raised in the Frozen North by reindeer herders, when his adventurous parents ...more
Jul 27, 2010 M. rated it really liked it
Third in the Far-Flung Adventures series. Hugo, aged 10 or so, was found in the Far North bundled into a blanket and tucked into a strange sleigh. Polar bear prints were all around the sleigh, indicating the fate of his parents. Hugo was adopted by Harvi and Sarvi Runter-Tun-Tun, makers of the finest reindeer cheese in the Far North. And then Hugo finds the sleigh stored in the milking shed and he starts his adventure. Taking sad leave of his adoptive parents, Hugo and the sleigh fly south accor ...more
Jul 29, 2015 Twig rated it really liked it
Ok this was a absolut fun read. I read it today in two sittings. I have to travel a lot at the moment that means I have a lot of waiting time for my trains.. And this was the perfect read. It was funny, the artwork of Chris Riddel was amazing and the writting of Paul Stewart fantastic and unique as always. I had a few laughs and really loved these flying little sheeps. I haven`t read the second book of the series but it wasn`t a problem to understand whats happening because this book is a story ...more
Oct 09, 2013 pietastic rated it really liked it
Another charming story from Stewart and Riddell's Far-Flung Adventures. They always create such delightful, rich, and creative worlds.

The only detail I'll go into about this one though is that it was a little hard to get in to. I was a bit confused because the first several chapters kept starting new narrations. But that was because I didn't understand the concept. This book tells a lot of back story through little standalone tales, and it tells those tales out of chronological order. Once I und
Sep 18, 2011 ERL rated it it was amazing
Shelves: marissa, adventure, amy, taylor
The story was a little confusing at the beginning but made sense after getting into the book. It is a series of chapters that skips back and forth between the adventure of Hugo trying to find where his parents called home and "Once upon a time" stories that were collected by a man who turns out to be Hugo's grandfather. The book is full of great illustrations that help tell the story and once you get the hang of how the chapters move along, it becomes a puzzle that gets pieced together for a sat ...more
Apr 18, 2010 Clarissa rated it really liked it
Harley read this first... so I'm "catching" up. So far, it's just a fun read for a younger audience. Think Princess Bride watered down... crazy characters, impossible situations, GREAT illustrations, and just a good book.

Finished it. So charming. There are two other "far flung" books so far, with another one in the works. I'm excited to delve into them, and to have something a bit challenging and lengthy for Harley to read that is engaging and fun (without being patronizing OR over her head).
Nov 01, 2008 Duane rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book as I have all the other work this author has done. I do think that the format of his writing style might be a little hard to follow for beginning readers. Each chapter seems to start a new story so it's hard to follow the main idea of the story. I do think a reader who truly is interested in the story will be able to follow along though. A fun adventure involving a young boy who is trying to discover where his true home is. Filled with fun and interesting characters, it's a j ...more
May 30, 2008 Debbie rated it really liked it
These are the CUTEST, FUNNIEST, EASY reads you will find in a long time. The story lines are lighthearted and simple, and all three "far flung adventures" are about kids in the same area who don't know each other, so you get little bits and pieces of the other stories in each one (which I think is kind of fun...maybe they will make a book connecting all of the characters in the end). And the illustrations (at least one on every page) are OUTSTANDING. Highly recommended for young readers, but adu ...more
Jun 03, 2011 Owen rated it it was amazing
This is the first book in the series of "Far-Flung Adventures". The story begins with people called Harvi River-Tun-Tun and Sarvi River-Tun-Tun, cheese makers and reindeer herders of the Frozen North. Then the main character, of course, Hugo Pepper, finds out they aren't his real parents. They all then fix an airship and Hugo set's out to Firefly Square. There he meets Lily and Daisy Neptune, Diego and Freda Camomile, Edward Eveshaft, and many more other people, while stopping a plot to take ove ...more
Jun 20, 2013 Wizard rated it it was amazing
Ignoring that I picked this book up from the children's section of the library, it was beautiful. The stories are the kind to be loved by all, and the pictures alone could hook you on this book. Starting the book I was skeptical because I wasn't up to going back in time and reading at a 2nd grade level. However, the pictures once again sold me on it and it was well worth my time. Sometimes I think people feel a little too grown up, but this book brought back that lust for stories and adventure a ...more
Fan C.
Apr 08, 2015 Fan C. rated it it was amazing
Paul Stewart is a brilliant writer, and the illustrations by Chris Riddell bring the imaginative worlds to life! In this Steampunk fantasy world, Hugo Pepper comes from the land of the Frozen North searching for answers. What he finds instead is mystery, adventure, and so much more! Great for middle school to YA readers, but fun for all ages, too!
this is great series. altogether, the 3 books i have given 12 stars.
HUGO PEPPER, is probably the best of them.
The illustrations are exceptional, and so is the story, very smart and superb.
I loved it!!!!
I loved the tie ins with others books from the series too.
What else can i say except its an exceptional book and a quick read.
Eilidh Carlisle
Apr 23, 2014 Eilidh Carlisle rated it really liked it
When I began reading this my only thoughts were on how it was definitely not for my age but as kept reading on I began to get into it. The interlinking stories made me want to carry on and I really loved it. It was a truly lovely book is definitely recommend for a quick read.
Mrs. Carey
Jan 10, 2016 Mrs. Carey rated it liked it
Shelves: jkes-library
Hugo travels from the cold north to find his family and solve the mystery of the snow giants and the institute. I enjoyed the additional material at the end that connected this stand alone story to the rest of the books in the series.
Jun 10, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing
This story is a little bit more complicated than the previous two, with stories from different generations weaving in and out to make a unified whole. It's doing something a little bit new, a little bit old, and largely manages to succeed. I do feel bad for "Alfie," though.
Michelle DeKorver
May 27, 2009 Michelle DeKorver rated it it was amazing
Great Pre-teen boy book. Interesting story-line. You really connect with the main character and hope that he ends up happy. I would love to read more of these adventures and to get to know more of the characters!
I picked this up at the library to pre-read before handing it over to my children and found it to be a fair book. The cast of characters is interesting and the story line while woven in and out, moved well.
Aug 26, 2011 Cathy rated it really liked it
Fun little read. The series is cute and I always suggest it to boys who aren't interested in reading. In fact I suggest all of Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell's books to reluctant readers. Fun and quirky, just like me. :)
Sori Fant
Sep 25, 2012 Sori Fant rated it really liked it
I think this was my favorite of the three books in this series. It was interesting how there were many stories told that all led up to the main one. Though it did get a bit confusing keeping all the stories in your head, I can imagine it'd be quite hard to read for the younger age it is for.
Jacque Heaney
Feb 09, 2009 Jacque Heaney rated it liked it
These certainly are far-flung adventures but I love them. Chris Riddell & Paul Stewart do a great job weaving in mystery, a little suspense, and fun. I think they are very well written with interesting characters & story lines.
Feb 22, 2010 Barbara rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
Hugo doesn't end as strong as Fergus Crane and Corby Flood, but is just as fun, creative, and witty. Loved it.
Jenny E.
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It was okay, but not as good as the first two books in the series. My children lost interest and I ended up finishing it (without reading it out loud).
Julia Winknler
Sep 17, 2007 Julia Winknler rated it it was amazing
This book is about a boy named hugo pepper,who lives with paren ts that are nit hus real Parents .I still have to read this book,I olny read the first chapter
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Paul Stewart is a highly regarded author of books for young readers – from picture books to football stories, fantasy and horror. Together with Chris Riddell he is co-creator of the bestselling Edge Chronicles, which has sold more than three million copies and is available in over twenty languages. They have also collaborated together on lots of other exciting books for children of all ages. The F ...more
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