We were fortunate enough to participate in the book reading/signing of Hugo and the Really, Really, Really Long String on Saturday. Written by Bob Boyle, the creator of the Nick Jr. sensation "Wow, Wow, Wubbzy," the story has a similar look and style - a sort of geometric pattern that is endearing as much as it is very constructed. The story is uniquely sweet as it sustains your curiosity as Hugo and friends follow the mystery that is the really, really, really, long string. Where does it lead? It leads to a wonderful lesson about the fun and importance of making friends.
The Vroman's signing was wonderful as Bob read from the book, then drew pictures as children shouted out various items they wanted him to animate. Taxi's were very popular. Bob was at once a skilled artist and writer as he was a child himself, clearly enjoying the time spent with the little ones and enjoying the fact that they loved him and his book.