Hi, my name is Alys Jackson and I'm an author and poet

based in Adelaide, South Australia.

My work has been published in books, magazines,

anthologies and online.

Hugo’s Runaway Legs

Hugo’s Runaway Legs 

Published 2021 by Larrikin House

ISBN 9780648804987

Author: Alys Jackson

Illustrator: Leigh Brown

Available as: Hardcover. PaperbackBig Book.


Hugo’s Runaway Legs Hugo’s legs have run away. They simply didn’t want to stay at home where they just lay about.
Hugo’s legs just wanted out!

Hugo Holt’s legs have run away and jumped on the bus! Hugo can’t do without them. How on earth will he catch his runaway legs?


In Hugo’s Runaway Legs, it’s the legs that are the stars. What a beginning! What a funny and fabulous idea to draw attention to an important issue. Our children’s current, sedentary habits due to electronic stimulation, need our attention. This book will get it! Anastasia Gonis, Kids Book Review.

…rollicking yarn… The message of being active is one that will likely resonate with caregivers. And the ending ensures kids will be wanting repeat readings. Heather Gallagher, Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA).

‘Wide eyes and belly laughs for this hilarious tale with perfect rhyme and a sneaky message about the perils of too much screen time!’ Kylie Covark, author of Float or Sink.

With rhyming language that just begs to be read aloud, this amusing picture book is sure to be a hit with young children.’ Pat Pledger, Read Plus.

Kids will laugh out loud at the diverse range of animal legs that Hugo tries out. Everything from a toad to a giraffe.’ get.kids.booked, Instagram 

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Free Activities for Parents and Children 

Looking for some fun activities to do at home? How about downloading Hugo’s Activity Booklet. It’s packed with fun activities. This is a Children’s University activity. Complete all activities for a 60-minute stamp. Ages 4 – 8.




Free Activities for Teachers and Students

Looking for activities to do in the classroom? Activities are based on the Australian curriculum and encourage:

  • movement and physical activity
  • fitness and health
  • investigations into animal movement and anatomy
  • discussions of habits: good and bad
  • an understanding of rhyme and rhythm