Hey Hilde!

Children - Animals
40 Pages
Reviewed on 09/07/2018
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Author Biography

Having volunteered in Bolivia at an animal sanctuary I felt compelled to give something back upon returning to the UK. I have written and illustrated Hey Hilde! To raise money and awareness.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite

Hey Hilde by Ross Hammond is a beautifully presented children's book, part of a series of “Hey Books” planned by an organization based in Bolivia known as CIWY. What does CIWY do? For more than 20 years now, CIWY has dedicated its efforts towards battling wildlife trafficking along with rescuing animals which have been victims of mistreatment and illegal trading. Once rescued, CIWY offers disadvantaged youth a sense of purpose by involving youngsters in the rescued animals’ rehabilitation process, allowing both animals and youth to benefit from the efforts of CIWY. What a wonderful cause.

In Hey Hilde, Hammond lets young readers experience what it would feel like to be a little Capuchin monkey, living and playing with other monkeys in the Bolivian jungle, then suddenly being snatched from her happy habitat to become a performing monkey. She is chained to a post while people take photos of her, but at night, she’s kept locked in cage. The illustrations of Hilde, at this point, bring tears even to adult eyes. The little monkey looks so absolutely forlorn, until suddenly she is rescued by the kindly Nena from CIWY. Nena takes her to Machia Animal Sanctuary and Hilde finds happiness again with other rescued animals who welcome her with smiles and love.

The story line of Hey Hilde is charming, and told in simple words…perfect for young readers and listeners. The book is full of colour that will delight any child. There are a couple of pages for coloring and counting at the end, but throughout the book, it’s the graphics that really jump out at you. They are fantastic. It’s worth taking a few minutes to visit the CIWY website. An organization like this depends on donations, book and trinket sales to finance its important work. Would you like to help? If so, just search CIWY in your browser and the site you want will be at the top of your results.

Caitlin L. McCulloch

I got this to read with my eight-year-old daughter, and it did not disappoint! She and I were both in love with Hilde from page one.

Parents will love the real-world story and excellent all-caps vocabulary words. Children will love the bright, vibrant illustrations and endearing characters.

The book features great information , as well as stunning photography, in addition to the perfect story of Hilde and her rescuer Nena!

I highly recommend this book! I plan to buy the paperback, because there are several fun activities in the back of the book for kids. We also plan to donate to the organization the author introduces in the book. I eagerly look forward to the upcoming Hey Animals books!

Julie M.

Beautiful little story about the illegal pet trade in Bolivia - but told in a way that kids can understand and relate to. Such an important lesson for everyone to understand. Wild animals do not belong in our homes nor should they ever be used for our entertainment. Hilde is an adorable monkey and it's lovely to see her story end so happily.

Lois Lunsford

I love the colors and the animals in this story. Hilde will win your heart. Children will be encouraged to help animals as best they can. The activity pages in the back and the live photos are amazing, job well done. Congrats to this awesome Author.

Sara Kelly

I read this to my six year old tonight, and we both loved it. I've volunteered in Bolivia at the fantastic place where the monkey found freedom in the story. Enjoyed the illustrations and the photos very much.

Reader Mom

I liked this sweet story about how curious monkey Hilde is captured by poachers and later rescued and placed in an animal preserve. This book is a great tool for teaching youngsters about protecting wildlife and is filled with adorable and vivid illustrations and cute coloring pages and activity sheets. Proceeds from book sales go to an animal rescue organization, which is an added plus.


Fantastic book, my grandchildren loved this story so much they wanted it read again and again! I only bought it this week.Can’t wait to take this book out to the school children in West Africa, they will just love it, so interactive, great pictures and a fabulous story to be told. A* read for any child

Kindle Customer

Good learning for young children's, nice picture and music. I recommend this book for your children, I'm happy and delighted!!!

J P - Amazon Customer

My son loved the illustration and the story about the little monkey. I think is very important to explain this