How Do You Hug a Porcupine?

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The third book in the General Mills Spoonful of Stories series!

Can you imagine hugging a porcupine? Sure, it's easy to picture hugging a bunny or even a billy goat, but where would you begin to try to hug a porcupine?

After seeing all his friends hug their favorite animals, one brave boy works up the courage to hug a porcupine, but the porcupine isn't so sure he wants to be ...

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Overview

The third book in the General Mills Spoonful of Stories series!

Can you imagine hugging a porcupine? Sure, it's easy to picture hugging a bunny or even a billy goat, but where would you begin to try to hug a porcupine?

After seeing all his friends hug their favorite animals, one brave boy works up the courage to hug a porcupine, but the porcupine isn't so sure he wants to be hugged!

The latest contest winner Laurie Isop and illustrator Gwen Millward aren't afraid to ask the pointed questions!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Isop, winner of the Cheerios New Author Contest, makes a solid debut with this sweet musing on taking up with the ostensibly unembraceable. It's a particularly nettlesome issue for the protagonist, because all his friends are doing just fine with other animals: "A dog or cat is not so hard./ Just hug them in your own backyard./ Hugging bunnies is just divine./ But how do you hug a porcupine?" Millward's (The Bog Baby) pert mixed media drawings, coupled with a strategic use of white space, give the verse a sense of timing and subtle comedy; much of the fun comes from the interplay between the flummoxed boy and the suspicious porcupine, and all the other clutches that are advancing with varying degrees of enthusiasm and ingenuity (the bunnies can't get enough, the elephant offers its trunk, and the cat looks dubious). It's a lighthearted lesson in trust and letting down one's guard—once the porcupine is convinced of the boy's friendship (an offering of marshmallows smooths the way), a hug seems like the most natural thing in the world. Ages 3–up. (July)
Children's Literature - Rosa Roberts
What a prickly situation the author presents in this wonderful book, as she encourages children to wonder: How would you hug a porcupine? The initial hugs are easily distributed to a horse, a cow, a dog, a cat, bunnies, a goat, a pig, chicks, a hedgehog, an ostrich, a chimpanzee, a yak, a giraffe, an elephant, a skunk, a kangaroo, a dolphin, and a panda. Each of the animals is special in its own way. But when it comes to a porcupine, how would you proceed to hug one? No matter what, young readers will discover that a porcupine hug is possible if one follows the proper procedure—hugging slowly and carefully. The repetition of the title makes it fun for the reader and reinforces the concept of how a porcupine is different from all other animals when it comes to the affectionate embrace. The colorful illustrations are exquisite and appealing to children. This book will charm both young and old. Reviewer: Rosa Roberts
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Most of the time, the mechanics of how to hug an animal are fairly straightforward. Horses, cats, and dogs do not provide much of a challenge, but a porcupine is another matter. With rhyming text, Isop works through a catalog of animals, both common and unusual, always circling back to the central question: "Hugging bunnies is just divine. But how do you hug a porcupine?" The question befuddles the young boy intent on giving the hug, and the animal looks equally uneasy. The boy tries armoring himself in a catcher's outfit and then a cardboard box, but the porcupine has no interest in being hugged. Finally, the boy hits on the idea of sticking a marshmallow on every quill. This does the trick, though it turns out that the marshmallows were less critical than the resulting trust and friendship. The slightly absurd concept will resonate with the audience, who find the idea of hugging giraffes and kangaroos inherently funny. Minimalist cartoon illustrations in watercolor and pencil convey expression and add humorous details. Small vignettes surrounded by ample white space keep the look clean and direct. The small size of the pictures makes them better for sharing in small groups or one-on-one.—Suzanne Myers Harold, Multnomah County Library System, Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442412910
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 7/26/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 691,118
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Laurie Isop is the winner of the General Mills Spoonfuls of Stories contest. She and her husband run a wedding photography business. She lives in Renton, Washington. Visit her at www.laurieisop.com.

Gwen Millward has illustrated several picture books including Guess What I Found in Dragon Wood and The Bog Baby. She lives in England.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2013

    My 4 yr old daughter and I love this book!  Sweet story, rhymes,

    My 4 yr old daughter and I love this book!  Sweet story, rhymes, and illustrations.  

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  • Posted August 5, 2014

    I see a lot of similarities between this and another book, so I

    I see a lot of similarities between this and another book, so I question the creativity of the author.  

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