Hugo Sprouts and the Strange Case of the Beans by John Loren

Reading Age: 4 – 8 years

Reading Level: Preschool – 3

Publisher: HarperCollins

Publication Date: July 6, 2021

In this rhyming picture book, Hugo P. Sprouts is an inventor and smallest person in his family. He is tired of being overlooked for sports, being too short for amusement rides and having to go to bed early to name a few. His dad advises Hugo that he will grow if he eats liver and beans however this solution does not produce immediate results. Disappointed, Hugo rushes to his lab and concocts a growth potion that he drinks. He instantly grows into a beast. Hugo is finally able to do things that larger people do. Greed gets the best of Hugo as he enjoys and destroys. With the help of his dog, he realizes his wrongdoings and shrinks back to size. Illustrations are amusing with slightly eerie green and gray tints on pages. Can be read anytime of the year. Consider reading for Halloween to deliver a message in a fun way.

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