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My Little Sister Hugged an Ape

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A B C D E F G

H I J K L M N O P

My sister’s on a hugging spree!

Hugging her way from A to Z.


Wild animals don’t scare Little Sister. And to show how much she likes them, she’s going to hug them all, from an Ape to a Zebra, whether they like it or not! A newt, an octopus, a porcupine . . . it’s a slimy, slippery, prickly situation. What will
Little Sister hug next? And what kin
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Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 28th 2004 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published 2004)
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Heather Boyd
Jun 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
Andrew randomly picked this one off the shelf today at the library. I've flipped through it and already love it. Clever rhymes go through an alphabet of animals that are accosted with hugs from the narrator's sister. Zanny and fun, and rhymes that feel good to read. Reminds me a bit of 'There was an old lady who swallowed a fly'. The sister rarely gets a friendly response to her hugs but it would appear she makes it all the way to Z relatively unscathed.

Update: a wee bit long but fantastic. Of c
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Camilla Brooks
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this ABC book! I thought that the illustrations perfectly complimented the story and that the rhymes were extremely well executed. The book follows the narrators little sister as she hugs different animals starting different with the different letters of the alphabet; for example, "my little sister hugged a cow, a deer, an ell, a ferret..." all the way through the alphabet. It was a great way of showing the letters of the alphabet and the "hugging spree" is a very cute way of doing it. I ...more
Terese Bogart
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An alphabet concept book that keeps them laughing. Also by Grossman - My Little Sister Ate One Hare (counting).
Erin
Feb 11, 2016 added it
Shelves: read-aloud
This book has to have the most interesting illustrations I have every seen in an ABC book. The book takes learning the ABCs to a whole new level when it comes to creativity. Every page the little sister is seen hugging a different animal corresponding to a letter in the alphabet. The brother watches as his sister hugs anything from an ape to a rat, (which she flattens and has to blow up again). I would aim this book at first graders simply because there is so much text per page. I think that eve ...more
Paula
Aug 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Great illustrations and four lines to each animal/letter. might be a little to long to go through all 26 letters might be done just by each letter.

Little sister is on a hugging spree, out to hug a different animal for every letter of the alphabet. A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P My sister's on a hugging spree! Hugging her way from A to Z. Wild animals don't scare Little Sister. And to show how much she likes them, she's going to hug them all, from an Ape to a Zebra, whether they like it or not!
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Megan Laird
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: abc-books
This brightly colored ABC book is hard to miss with it's hysterical rhymes about the little sisters' desire to hug every animal from A to Z. Thanks to the witty stories of the adventures of the little sister, this book is perfect for pre-school and kindergarteners who are learning the alphabet and animals that can represent those letters. However, it is not just the story that will keep the children laughing, the pictures provide hilarious detail (the faces of other patrons on the beach for the ...more
Sandy
Nov 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
It's another ABC book and it rhymes! This book will get some laughs and you will be lucky if you only have to read it once as most children when they hear it will want you to read it again (and perhaps again). The pictures alone will want you to go back and just look at them without even reading the text. The girl hugs her way through the entire alphabet and her brother tells the humorous story with a bright bold picture on each page. As she hugs a zebra whose paint has not dried she ends up wit ...more
Whitney
Sep 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Readers are in for a treat when they read this book. The narrator is the brother of a young girl who loves animals. She decides she wants to go on a hugging spree and hug every animal A-Z. Each hug ends poorly which adds humor to the book. There is so many learning topics that the reader can teach the students while they are flipping the pages. From animal sounds to poetry, this book is a must read for all. This book has vivid illustrations that make the reader feel as if they too are hugging th ...more
Kara Roberts
Wild animals don’t scare Little Sister. And to show how much she likes them, she’s going to hug them all, from an Ape to a Zebra, whether they like it or not! A newt, an octopus, a porcupine . . . it’s a slimy, slippery, prickly situation. What will
Little Sister hug next? And what kind of trouble will those hugs get her into?

This is a very cute book that I would like to use in my classroom for learning and fun. Learning rhyming words, animals, and realizing reading is fun, is what I want to stre
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Danielle Krohn
Sep 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Bill Grossman uses his book, My Little Sister Hugged an Ape, to aid students who are learning their ABC’s. Grossman provides rhythmic poems for the children to enjoy while also learning the letters of the alphabet. The Little Sister relentlessly attempts to hug each animal she encounters whether they like it or not. Her struggled attempts to show affection towards each animal usually ends in an unsuccessful disaster. Each page of the book adds another fun character to the story. Kevin Hawkes’s i ...more
Katie McGaha
Sep 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: abc-picture-book
I really enjoyed this cute little alphabet book. The illustrations are eye catching and are hilarious. The colors are bright and rich and really sells the wacky images. As I have said in earlier books reviews, I am pretty much a sucker for story books that rhyme. The story is about a little boy and his sister who keeps hugging animals in the order of the alphabet. I really like how every few pages Grossman lists the letters mentioned so far in a cute rhyme. This is a great example of an alphabet ...more
Jessica P.
Jul 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 2nd-4th grades
"My Little Sister Hugged an Ape" is a hilarious book of poems, written as a complete story, which goes through various animals, in ABC order, with a poem on each page, accompanied by great pictures. The 4th graders loved it. I think some 2nd graders could read it. The first line of every poem is "My Little Sister Hugged a(n)_____" so it gets repetitive, and the kids can try guessing what's on the next page. I think it could be fun as a read-aloud down to pre-school. The repetitive nature of the ...more
Kelly Havens
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My Little Sister Hugged An Ape is a fun and energetic picture book to share with students of all ages in the elementary grades. Grossman uses repetition and rhyming in his language and also follows an ABC pattern naming 26 different animals the narrators sister hugs, including an ape, bug, cow, deer, etc. Because of this, students are instantly engaged and before you know it they are joining in the read aloud and trying to guess what animal little sister is going to hug next. Hawkes does an exce ...more
Kelly
Apr 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
My love for My Little Sister Ate One Hare led me to this book and I was not disappointed. Amazing book!! This little sister is on a hugging spree and works her way through the alphabet acosting various animals. Creative rhymes and bold, engaging illustrations really push this book over the edge. The wording is a little tricky in places so best if used with kindergarten and up. Younger children enjoyed the story, but some parts and animals needed explanations. All in all, a new favorite!
Alice
May 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
I am a little slow today before I realized this was a funky alphabet book. I fun animal and alphabet book without being obnoxious!

The rhymes are good (sometimes a little awkward to spit out) and funny as heck! My co worker and I got a chuckle out of it! It has some mildly gross 'boy' humor, but this story is from the perspective of a brother..who probably likes that the eel looks like snot coming out of her nose. Fun one to read and to look at the pictures!
Sarah Pfingston
Sep 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book-abc
This was such a great book. A young girl saying the alphabet with illustrations of different animals for each letter. The illustrations were my favorite part of the book. There were bright colors and catchy for younger readers. The author used rhyme and i found myself reading it to a tune in my head. Since it is the entire alphabet it took me longer than I had expected to read. I think this book could be used for 1-3 grades. It is a newer book that all children would love.
Abbey Pace
Sep 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: abc-picture-book
This was such a fun, enjoyable read. Each letter of the alphabet was represented by the name of an animal that the big brother noticed his little sister hugging. Each paragraph had a rhythm to it that made the rhyming words flow together perfectly. As I was reading this book, I could just hear the kid's laughter playing in my head as I flipped each page. The author and illustrator's brilliance really captured my full attention, and I recommend this to be read to any elementary age children.
Christy
Nov 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
My sister’s on a hugging spree!

Hugging her way from A to Z.

Wild animals don’t scare Little Sister. And to show how much she likes them, she’s going to hug them all, from an Ape to a Zebra, whether they like it or not! A newt, an octopus, a porcupine . . . it’s a slimy, slippery, prickly situation. What will
Little Sister hug next? And what kin...
Karen
Oct 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
A boy's younger sister makes her way through the alphabet by hugging an animal for each letter. Rhyming text that flows really well contributes to a funny, quick read. We had to finish each page by asking CC, "Would you hug a porcupine? Would you hug a newt?" And, of course, usually the answer was, "Yes."
Melanie Richmond
Oct 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was my alphabet book.

I really enjoyed this book. The illustrations were bright and colorful, as well as very animated, which children will enjoy. I feel like this book did a really good job of giving children something they could associate with each letter of the alphabet, in this case different animals. It was funny, and well written, and I would definitely recommend to my students.
Jessica Wirth
Jan 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
LOVED this. It was recommended to me by a friend and its a real jem! It will definitely be added to our personal library. It has cute illustrations, rhymes (which all kids like), and is alphabet as well as animal oriented. I think I read it to my kids like 8 times the first day we brought it home. I would definitely recommend this to anyone with children!
Carrie Gelson
Jan 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Some ABC rhyming books are a stretch to make the rhymes work. The text here continues to be fun and quirky. Fun to guess what the next animal might be for each letter. Big fan of illustrator Kevin Hawkes. Lots of energy to this book.
Liza Gilbert
Aug 10, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This is an interesting alteration on the ABCs. The titular sister hugs an animal from each letter of the alphabet, with varying results. Some of the illustrations are goofy, others clever, and some a little bland. Some kids may enjoy this, but it runs a little long with a verse for each letter.
Laura Salas
Dec 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
An alphabet book with a story line--a little sister who goes around hugging all sorts of animals, A-Z. Very funny! A few minor meter irregularities, but lots of clever bits with some gross factor worked in. Kids will love it.
Jennesy
My Little Sister Hugged an Ape was a really cute book. I would use it in a preschool or kindergarten classroom when introducing or reviewing the alphabet. Plus, the letters are associated with an animal which helps kids identify all the letters and assiciate a picture to it.
Melanie Martel
This book is a good one for a unit on the alphabet. The illustrations are colorful and fun.
The book is full of rhymes throughout. The alphabet mentions an animal for every letter so could also be used in an animal unit.
Amelia
A silly A-to-Z list of animals that the narrator's little sister hugged. Definitely a 4.5 star from Lili, but only a 3.5 from us, rhyme limps at times, drawings are a little too cartoony for my taste.
Kim
Oct 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-with-caleb
A fun way to hear the ABC's but with fun images. I was this little girl!
Jillybean
May 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Really cute and funny book with animals from A-Z.
Lindsay
Aug 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
Some very funny bits, but not my favorite ABC title and certainly not as successful as My Little Sister Ate One Hare.
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