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published: Sep 2020
ISBN:9781525302060
publisher: Kids Can Press

Hug?

illustrated by Charlene Chua

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emotions & feelings, humorous stories
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list price: $17.99
edition:Hardcover
published: Sep 2020
ISBN:9781525302060
publisher: Kids Can Press
Description

How many hugs is too many? This girl's had enough! This humorous picture book explores compassion and the importance of setting boundaries.

After coughing up a hairball, a girl's cat doesn't feel well. So the girl offers to give her cat a hug, which makes the cat --- and the girl --- feel better. A dog notices and asks for a hug, too. Then some ducks come along asking for hugs. And a skunk . . . and a bear --- and a porcupine! One animal after another comes asking the girl for a hug until she's simply had enough. How much more of this can she take?

With spare text and wonderfully expressive illustrations, Charlene Chua has created a playful, funny picture book with an original premise. The story shows how important hugs can be to our happiness --- even the most unlikely of creatures sometimes need one! --- but that doesn't mean they're always welcome. The book is full of laugh-out-loud moments, most of which are found in illustrations that vividly portray the girl's emotions as she grows more worn out with every encounter, encouraging visual literacy. Each spread also shows a hint of the animal that will appear next, building anticipation for what's to come. There are character education connections here to compassion, tolerance and empathy, and a terrific opportunity for discussions about boundaries.

About the Author
Charlene Chua worked as a web designer, senior graphic designer, web producer, and interactive project manager before she decided to pursue illustration as a career. Her work has appeared in American Illustration, Spectrum, and SILA’s Illustration West, as well as several art books. She illustrated the children’s picture books Julie Black Belt: The Kung Fu Chronicles and Julie Black Belt: The Belt of Fire. She lives in Hamilton, Ontario, with her husband and two cats.
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Contributor Notes

Charlene Chua grew up in Singapore and immigrated to Canada as an adult. She has illustrated almost twenty picture books, but Hug? is the first one she wrote herself. She lives in Hamilton, Ontario, with her husband and their two cats.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
3 to 7
Grade:
p to 2
Reading age:
3 to 7
Awards
  • Winner, Best Canadian Picture Books of 2020, CBC Books
Editorial Reviews

Chua does grant our protagonist plenty of room to resist unwanted affection, a sentiment that is sure to hit home for listeners who aren't as physically demonstrative as others, but the book will also please those who just want a lot of goofy hugging.

— The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

... an excellent choice for home libraries for children and their caregivers to discuss emotions, feelings, and setting limits.

— CM Magazine

Chua does grant our protagonist plenty of room to resist unwanted affection, a sentiment that is sure to hit home for listeners who aren't as physically demonstrative as others, but the book will also please those who just want a lot of goofy hugging.—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books


This silly romp is sure to elicit giggles while promoting emotional intelligence.—Kirkus Reviews


A cheerful, funny, and timely story that belongs in all collections.—School Library Journal


A cheerful, funny, and timely story that belongs in all collections.

— School Library Journal

Chua does grant our protagonist plenty of room to resist unwanted affection, a sentiment that is sure to hit home for listeners who aren't as physically demonstrative as others, but the book will also please those who just want a lot of goofy hugging.—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books


This silly romp is sure to elicit giggles while promoting emotional intelligence.

— Kirkus Reviews

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