Coming Fall 2019
Aalfred and Aalbert
by Morag Hood
A heartwarming love story of blossoming friendship between two aardvarks
Aalfred and Aalbert lead solitary lives. Sometimes, Aalfred thinks he might like to be part of a pair, and sometimes Aalbert thinks he might like to be one of two. But Aalfred sleeps all day, and Aalbert sleeps all night—so how will the two ever meet? Luckily, a helpful bystander intervenes and when Aalfred and Aalbert’s paths cross in the most unexpected way, they find that they go together quite well, just like cheese and broccoli.
This adorable story about two aardvarks and an unlikely matchmaker will appeal to families with LGBTQ parents and family members as author-illustrator Morag Hood keeps children laughing with funny situations and entertaining teachable moments about relationships.
Publication Date: 9/1/2019
Page Count: 32
Size: 8-3/4″ x 8-3/4″
Age Range: 4 – 8
Themes: Friendships, Relationships, Romance, LGBT
BISAC 1: JUV039060 JUVENILE FICTION/Social Themes/Friendship
BISAC 2: JUV060000 JUVENILE FICTION / LGBT
BISAC 3: JUV026000 JUVENILE FICTION / Love & Romance
“The simple, deadpan narrative shows flashes of laugh-out-loud moments…the steadfast resignation of the only-occasionally-lonely aardvarks and the bird’s wordless but powerful expressiveness keep the story light, dry, and satisfying. A charming depiction of friendship and love.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Charming… This light-hearted readaloud easily doubles as a read-alone.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
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Meet the Author/Illustrator
Morag Hood is a brilliant writer and illustrator of many titles such as When Grandad was a Penguin,and Colin and Lee, Carrot and Pe, which won the 2018 3-6 UKLA Book Award. She also studied Costume Design at Wimbledon College of Art and an MA in Children’s Book Illustration from Cambridge School of Art. Along with making stories, she also enjoys printing, cutting and pasting, and freshly sharpened pencils, and dreams of having a pet duck. You can visit her website here.