Hug Me by Simona Ciraolo
  

Hug Me

Written by Simona Ciraolo
Illustrated by

Synopsis

Hug Me by Simona Ciraolo

Hug Me is an endearing tale about friendship and affection, and the difficulties a cactus might find in getting them.

Reviews

Best Children's Book of 2014, Brain Pickings There is, of course, a deeper allegorical undertone to the tale, beyond the surface interpretation of celebrating one's inner softness in a culture that encourages a prickly exterior. A subtle undercurrent celebrates the spiritual homecoming of finding one's tribe, the expansive embrace found in a kinship of souls. The story is also a celebration of free will, reminding us ever so gently that whatever our circumstances, we always have choices -- and that our inability to see this is perhaps our gravest self-imposed limitation.

Unlikely friends come together in Hug Me, by the Italian author Simona Ciraolo. She uses whimsical, jagged colored-pencil drawings to portray Felipe, a young cactus who just wants someone to wrap his arms around.

There's a coy relationship between the text and artwork in Italian-born author/illustrator Ciraolo's U.S. debut [...] Ciraolo's softly drawn cartoon cacti radiate charm.

Ciraola tells her story with wry understatement, allowing her expressive illustrations to carry the narrative. ... Though Felipe's not the first prickly children's-book character ever to want a hug, he certainly is a charmer.

One of the things I like about this picture book--aside from its adorableness!--is that it's honest. [...] Hug Me is a book about being yourself, getting your needs met, and finding a kindred soul. All in a super cute package. Well done!

Hug Me is a remarkable book that tells a complex tale in charming drawings and poetic prose. [...] It's the story of the universal need for affection and friendship, even if we are somewhat prickly.

Young readers may identify with Felipe's journey of finding friends in a challenging environment. His struggle is relatable and empathetic, and his delightfully illustrated character is welcoming and warm, despite his prickly exterior. --Portland Book Review

Simply written, the tale offers moments of comedic delight... Ciraolo's use of coloured pencils and felt tips gives a rawness to the artwork, making it all the more organic and delectable.

About the Author

Simona Ciraolo studied animation at the National Film School in Turin, Italy, before moving to the UK, where she worked in advertising, children’s television and on feature films. She then went on to undertake the prestigious MA in Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art, where she was awarded the Sebastian Walker Award 2014. Born in Sardinia, Italy, Simona now lives in London.

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Book Info

Format

Hardback

Author

Simona Ciraolo
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Author's Website

simonaciraolo.com/

Publisher

Flying Eye Books

Publication date

1st September 2014

ISBN

9781909263499


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