Hue Boy is small - smaller than all his friends, and he doesn't seem to grow at all, no matter what his mother gives him to eat, or how much he runs and jumps and plays. His mother takes him first to the doctor, and then to the Wise Man of the village. But nothing seems to help Hue Boy to grow. Then Hue Boy's father comes home from working overseas, and at last Hue starts to grow. With his dad back, he feels comfortable with himself, and his size doesn't worry him any more.
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Rita Phillips Mitchell was born in Belize and came to England in the 1960s. A retired head teacher, she has published a number of children's titles including Hue Boy (Puffin), There is More to a Banana and One for Me, One for You (both Walker). She lives in Essex. Alex Ayliffe is a well-known children's book illustrator. Her titles for Orchard include the beMore about Rita Phillips Mitchell
Caroline Binch is the distinguished illustrator of Amazing Grace, Grace and Family and Starring Grace. She won the Smarties Prize for Hue Boy , with Rita Phillips Mitchell, and was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award for Gregory Cool , while Since Dad Left More about Caroline Binch