Hug This Book! by Barney Saltzberg, Meagan Bennett, Fred Benaglia


Hug This Book! by Barney Saltzberg, Meagan Bennett, Fred Benaglia

An energetic, heartfelt, and humorous ode to book love You can spin and twirl and dance with this book. You can listen while someone else reads it. You can take your book to lunch. Just do not try to feed it. Expertly whimsical illustrations accompany this rhyming celebration of the printed book, and the attachment many of us all feel to our very favourites. The imaginative humour is balanced by earnest devotion, traits to which the young audience will relate. A sure-to-be favourite, this title will draw giggles and snuggles ...with the book itself!


As featured in The Sunday Times as 'Children's Book of the Week

-The Bookseller Simple rhyme and retro style illustrations lead you through the tactile pages of this book. Think where you might read it, what you might share with it, how it will become your friend. Instill a love of reading. -Angels &Urchins Striking... Not just an irresistible celebration of books, but also an imaginative journey. [Hug This Book!] invites playfulness, reading upside down in the mirror, tickling, singing snoring, dancing and eating letters of the alphabet. It encourages making up stories and also involves the adult reader... The effect is to associate adventure, cosines, laughter, companionship and fun with reading, and with learning to read. -The Sunday Times, Culture magazine A funny tale that will go down well on Christmas morning, before the real feast begins. -Absolutely Mama This is a perfect read-aloud story for inquisitive toddlers and preschool children - one that they will turn to time and again. -West Weekend (The West Australian) An energetic, heartfelt, and humorous ode to the printed book and the attachment many of us all feel for our favorites. -East Bay Express Saltzberg's tribute to the lovability of a favorite book bounces in perfect rhythm. Benaglia's pen on paper, digitally colored illustrations tell their own whimsical story in delightful and unpredictable ways. -School Library Journal Hug This Book! is a feel good story just right for sharing with a kindergarten, preschool or junior primary class. Use this picture book as a springboard for art, a story starter and as an encouragement to read. -ReadPlus Hug This Book! won my heart instantly. I adore the idea of a book that invites kids to share the love that books and reading can bring. -The Book Chook Told with characteristic humour, Hug This Book! is a story that will have kids giggling and pondering the endless wonders of bookish friendship. After all, if a book is not a true friend, what is? -Kids

!... celebrates the printed book and the special relationship young readers have to their favourites... Perfect for reading out loud and sure to be a bedtime favourite! -KidStyleFile [R]emind[s] readers that books are to be revered and loved... Starring a bevy of children with different-colored faces (lime green, red, blue), the retro 1960s-style artwork lends a timeless appeal that harkens back to the Sesame Street and Dr. Seuss days of children's literature. -Noozhawk The retro 1960s-style artwork lends a timeless appeal that harkens back to the Sesame Street and Dr. Seuss days of children's literature.

About the Author

Barney Saltzberg is an author, illustrator, and singer/songwriter who has published over 50 children's books, including the bestseller Beautiful Oops! Among the accolades for his work are a NAPPA Gold Award, a Teacher's Choice Award, and a Parents' Choice Award. Saltzberg lives in Los Angeles. Fred Benaglia has lived and worked in Paris for over 20 years, currently as artistic director for Bayard Press children's magazines. He has published numerous picture books and illustrated chapter books in France. This is his first book in English.

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32 pages


Barney Saltzberg, Meagan Bennett, Fred Benaglia
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Phaidon Press Ltd

Publication date

24th October 2016



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