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A Book of Hugs

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Have a Hug!

There are all kinds of hugs.
Porcupine hugs are done very carefully.
Knee hugs are good for hugging someone tall.
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Have a Hug!

There are all kinds of hugs.
Porcupine hugs are done very carefully.
Knee hugs are good for hugging someone tall.
And piggyback hugs are the best way to see a parade.
From birthday hugs to Great-Aunt Mary hugs, every hug has a purpose even a lamppost hug.
You should never hug tomorrow when you can hug today.
But which hug will you choose?

Puppy hugs

Fraidycat hugs

 Birthday hugs

I love-you-hugs

In this delightfully cuddly book, Dave Ross and Laura Rader team up to give us a warm and friendly look at some of the best kinds of hugs around. An Alternate Selection of Childrens Book-of-the-Month Club.

Describes all kinds of hugging including bears hugs, Mommy hugs and ice cube hugs.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A Book of Hugs by Dave Ross, illus. by Laura Rader, the first of a pair of board books, catalogues all manner of embraces, from "Puppy Hugs," which are "very soft and wet" to "Sister Hugs," which are "also known as a Single Arm Hug... [and] are good for when you walk together (even if you aren't sisters)." A Book of Kisses similarly enumerates the array of busses to be had. ( Dec.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Tracy Defina
This is an entire book dedicated to hugs. You'll be amazed by how many there are, from ice-cube hugs to sandwich hugs. Of course there are the obvious Mommy hugs and Daddy hugs, but did you know about Great-Aunt Mary hugs? You'll be surprised to learn that lamppost hugs can save you and that knee hugs can be dangerous on the run. Loaded with humor and impractical information about hugs, this book will delight all ages. Laura Rader's expressions on her colorfully illustrated animals are endearing. The best hugs are birthday hugs, because they are "a present anyone can afford."
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Originally published in 1980 with black-and-white drawings by the author, this picture book has been reissued with new full-color illustrations. Beginning with dictionary definitions of "Hug," "Hugger," and "Huggable," the book describes various types of embraces, from the ordinary ("Grandma hugs...are especially nice in the kitchen") to the unusual ("Ice-cube hugs are quite common in February"). The final pages close with facts and hints about these displays of affection, such as "Never hug tomorrow when you could hug today." Minor text changes have been made; for example, "pricker-bush hugs" have been eliminated, while "good-night hugs" and "I-love-you hugs" have been added. The short, simple text works well with the brightly colored, cartoon-style illustrations of animals dressed in goofy clothing. Young children will giggle at the sillier images (an octopus squeezing a surprised fish) and may recognize many of the situations from their own lives (an embrace from Great-Aunt Mary, which leaves lipstick on your cheek). Although some of the paintings are too small for group sharing, this book will work well for intimate groups or as a bedtime read-aloud. Libraries owning the original will probably want to replace it with this attractive update.-Dawn Amsberry, formerly at Oakland Public Library, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060002732
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Edition description: BOARD
  • Pages: 30
  • Sales rank: 453,513
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.68 (w) x 5.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Dave Ross is the author and illustrator of over thirty books for children, including the bestselling A Book of Hugs and A Book of Friends. His favorite kiss from A Book of Kisses is a Good Morning kiss. He has spent many years working with children and currently runs two community organizations for children. He lives with his wife and children in Clifton Park, New York.

Laura Rader has illustrated many popular books for children, including A Book of Hugs, A Book of Friends, and A Book of Kisses, all by Dave Ross. She is also the author and illustrator of Who'll Pull Santa's Sleigh Tonight? and Santa's New Suit, which Publishers Weekly called, in a starred review, a "holiday outing [with] plenty of panache." Ms. Rader lives in Southern California.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Makes me AND my daughter giggle!

    We love reading this book. I thought it was adorable as I flipped through the pages in the store and loved it even more when I saw the smiles on my 7 month old daughter's face as I read it to her. I like to go back to the "Mommy hugs" page a few times though :) My favorite part of the book is that the words aren't predictable. They are easy to read by children, but whimsical and surprising too.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Baby granddaughter gift

    Hugs are what life is all about...our granddaughter will be hugged by many characters in many ways!

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  • Posted February 13, 2010

    a book for everyone who could use a hug or has one to share

    I give this book to friends who experience loss of family members or pets. I may not be able to be there to give you a hug but here is one anyway.

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    Posted February 21, 2010

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