Spring 2018 Kids’ Indie Next List
“Hello Hello is filled with colors, patterns, shapes, and comparisons so beautiful and original you get that elusive feeling of surprise and delight on each page. Brendan Wenzel has created another gorgeous book perfect for anyone who has the innate longing to find a connection in the natural world. Best of all, his illustrations are mostly of endangered or threatened animals, and the book includes a lovely note on how readers can help!”
— Caitlin Jordan, Kepler's Books & Magazine, Menlo Park, CA
A new picture book from Brendan Wenzel, the New York Times bestselling and Caldecott Honor-winning author of They All Saw a Cat!
Chronicle Books is pleased to announce that in honor of the release of Hello Hello by Brendan Wenzel we are donating $25,000 to the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) to save wildlife and wild places worldwide.
Hello, Hello! Beginning with two cats, one black and one white, a chain of animals appears before the reader, linked together by at least one common trait. From simple colors and shapes to more complex and abstract associations, each unexpected encounter celebrates the magnificent diversity of our world—and ultimately paints a story of connection.
Brendan Wenzel's joyous, rhythmic text and exuberant art encourage readers to delight in nature's infinite differences and to look for—and marvel at—its gorgeous similarities. It all starts with a simple "Hello."
Chronicle Books supports the Wildlife Conversation Society (WCS) and has donated $25,000 in honor of Hello Hello, which features over 30 threatened species.
About the Author
Brendan Wenzel is an author and illustrator based in upstate New York. His debut picture book, They All Saw a Cat, was a New York Times bestseller and the recipient of a 2017 Caldecott Honor. An ardent conservationist, he is a proud collaborator with many organizations working to ensure the future of wild places and threatened species.
"One of 2018's must-haves for children."--Entertainment Weekly
"Vivacious, utterly appealing." - Booklist, starred review
"This uplifting visual delight will inspire a new generation of youngsters to love the natural world." -Shelf Awareness, starred review
"Readers again take a visual journey that opens the door to deeper thought."--The Virginia-Pilot
"Our number one choice of picture books from the first half of 2018 is Hello Hello, a gorgeous and cheerful celebration of animals of all shapes and sizes that will inspire children to care for all the world's wild creatures." --Working Mother
"A celebration of the myriad forms of animal life this planet hosts . . . a joyful way to deliver a message about the fragility of life on Earth and what would be lost if more of it disappeared." - Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Hello Hello spreads its arms wide, introducing the staggering range of species that share the earth - many of them endangered or threatened. Wenzel's vibrant collaged art and simple rhythms call to mind Eric Carle, with a factual-minded touch." -The New York Times
"Greet 92 creatures, great and small, pictured in this whirlwind, worldwide tour." -The San Francisco Chronicle
"Fun and bright and sure to be a favorite among kids and parents alike." -Book Riot
"Exuberant and captivating." --The Washington Post
"Dynamic images cavorting, reclining, flying, or dancing across and around stark white pages snag both emotions and imaginations . . . that will delight readers everywhere." -Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Delight in nature's differences and similarities." --Learning Magazine
"Deceptively simple but gorgeously realized, with a powerful statement about celebrating and protecting the Earth's fauna in all its diverse (yet interconnected) splendor." -School Library Journal
"An enchanting introduction to the vibrant diversity of the animal kingdom." -Common Sense Media
"A visually strong layout that encourages animal comparisons using concepts like size and color." --Charlotte News & Observer
"A vibrant book with fantastic colors and a important message.." -Book Riot
"A subtle exhortation to notice the beauty and variety of animals, especially rare and endangered ones." -The Wall Street Journal
"A satisfyingly complex and immersive experience." -The Horn Book Magazine
"A rollicking take about truth, lies and school!" --Learning Magazine