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The Hug

Written by Eoin McLaughlin

Illustrated by Polly Dunbar

The Hug Synopsis

Hedgehog was feeling sad. As sad as a hedgehog can feel. So sad only one thing could help... Tortoise was feeling sad. As sad as a tortoise can feel. So sad only one thing could help... In this clever flipbook, both a hedgehog and a tortoise are looking for a hug. They ask all the other animals they come across but for some reason no one will hug them. Until a wise owl explains: Hedgehog is too spiky; Tortoise is too bony. And that's when they find each other! A beautiful, heartwarming picture book with all the universal appeal of Guess How Much I Love You.

The Hug Press Reviews

What to do when you're a prickly animal hankering for a hug? Why, find another misfit animal also searching for an embrace! Sweet but 'tricky to hug' little Hedgehog is down in the dumps. Wandering the forest, Hedgehog begs different animals for hugs, but each rejects them. Readers will giggle at their panicked excuses--an evasive squirrel must suddenly count its three measly acorns; a magpie begins a drawn-out song--but will also be indignant on poor hedgehog's behalf. Hedgehog has the appealingly pink-cheeked softness typical of Dunbar's art, and the gentle watercolors are nonthreatening, though she also captures the animals' genuine concern about being poked. A wise owl counsels the dejected hedgehog that while the prickles may frighten some, there's someone for everyone. That's when Hedgehog spots a similarly lonely tortoise, rejected due to its very hard shell but perfectly matched for a spiky new friend. They race toward each other until the glorious meeting, marked with swoony peach swirls and overjoyed grins. At this point, readers flip the book to hear the same gloomy tale from the tortoise's perspective until it again culminates in that joyous hug, a book turn that's made a pleasure with thick creamy paper and solid binding. Watching unlikely friends finally be as 'happy as two someones can be' feels like being enveloped in your very own hug. --Kirkus

Book Information

ISBN: 9780571348756
Publication date: 3rd January 2019
Author: Eoin McLaughlin
Illustrator: Polly Dunbar
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 56 pages

About Eoin McLaughlin

Polly Dunbar is one of the most well known illustrators working in the UK today. Polly's bestselling book, Penguin, has won numerous awards including the BookTrust Early Year's Award, the Nestle Silver Children's Book Prize, the Red House Children's Book of the Year Award and was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal. Polly was chosen as one of BookTrust's Ten Best illustrators. Polly is the illustrator of Shoe Baby, Pat-a-Cake Baby and two picture books written by David Almond. Polly created Tilly and Friends, a series which is now animated on CBeebies and many of her other stories have been ...

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