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My name is Philip Schwartz, writer and creator of ” Smiling Hugo ” who appears in all our poems and illustrations. My wife Virginia, is my inspiration to write and chat with Hugo.

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Our students are always excited to see Philip Schwartz and learn of the adventures of Hugo and his Friends. Philip has visited our school on several occasions not only to read his poetry to the students, but also to encourage environmental awareness! He exhibits a love for all animals and plants in a very positive and gentle manner. In a world full of high tech toys and instant gratification, Philip’s poetry reminds us to reflect on what’s important. During his presentations, Philip brings parents and children on board to read and reflect on the poetry creating a meaningful experience for all.
Suzan Faith, Lehrman Community Day School
We so appreciate Hugo and Philip donating their time to visit Miami Children’s Museum after school program and sharing their many adventures.
Hannah Hausman, Director of Development & Special Events
The vivid colors and amazing illustrations were a wonderful way to capture my kids attention. Add to that the beautiful poetry…. Winner!
Lauren Ebel, London UK
I met Philip in my office with his lovely best friend Pici! I was fortunate enough to get a copy of his book for my son, Smiling Hugo. My son who is 2.5 years old, is a huge fan of books, So I knew he would love it. My son sure did love Hugo! I read it to him before bed one evening, the next evening he asked for Hugo again. This has now gone on for some time. It is an excellent book for my son and I to read before he goes to sleep. Love the messages it has for my son and the story line. Truly a great find!
Dr. Matthew, Cooper