I Want a Hug

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From the zany imagination of John A. Rowe comes the story of a little hedgehog-like creature named Elvis, who just wants to be hugged. Poor Elvis is so prickly that no one wants to go near him. “Please,” he asks, “won't someone give me a hug?” Everywhere he goes he sees hugs—in the city, in the park, in the forest—but no one anywhere will give him one. Just as he's about to give up, he hears someone crying out, “Won't someone give me a kiss?” It's Colin the crocodile, and he's so ugly that no one will kiss him. ...

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Overview

From the zany imagination of John A. Rowe comes the story of a little hedgehog-like creature named Elvis, who just wants to be hugged. Poor Elvis is so prickly that no one wants to go near him. “Please,” he asks, “won't someone give me a hug?” Everywhere he goes he sees hugs—in the city, in the park, in the forest—but no one anywhere will give him one. Just as he's about to give up, he hears someone crying out, “Won't someone give me a kiss?” It's Colin the crocodile, and he's so ugly that no one will kiss him. The two become instant pals, with hugs and kisses aplenty. Here is an adorable book about what it means to reach out to someone.

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Poor Elvis the hedgehog, although he wants to be hugged more than anything else, nobody will hug him because he is “much too prickly!” He sees hugs all around him, in town, in the park, at a soccer match, at the train station, at the hospital, but no one will hug him. Elvis is sad and discouraged, until he hears Colin the Crocodile begging for a kiss, but he is “much too ugly!” So no one will kiss him, until Elvis offers. “I could just hug you for that!” exclaims Colin, giving Elvis “the biggest hug ever,” and receiving a big kiss in return. How could anyone resist hugging the impish, big-eyed, be-diapered young creature on the jacket with arms outstretched, prickles or no? Still, in full-page scenes and vignettes, we see Rowe’s humorously painted anthropomorphic animals hugging others but ignoring our pathetic hero. Even the end-papers are loaded with hugging creatures to add to the fun. Perhaps this may help readers to look beyond surface appearances with empathy. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
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Between endpapers filled with couples kissing and embracing among floating hearts, Rowe places a cozy tale of a baby hedgehog in need of a touch of intimacy. Clad in a diaper fastened with a huge safety pin, and so the very image of cuteness, little Elvis wanders parks and sidewalks demanding a hug-but gets only rude rejections, because he's so prickly. At last he runs into Colin the crocodile, who himself is looking for someone willing to kiss his ugly snout. Elvis has no problem with that, and so Colin, being scaly of hide, delightedly sweeps him up for a cuddle. Depicting his all-animal cast in human dress and settings, Rowe reflects the story's tone in the art by centering attention on Elvis's large eyes and small size. The absence of a Mama Hedgehog may ruffle more convention-minded children (and adults), but the message that differences should be embraced-literally, in this case-is always worth an iteration. (Picture book. 5-7)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780698400641
  • Publisher: Minedition
  • Publication date: 9/20/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.58 (w) x 11.54 (h) x 0.39 (d)

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John A. Rowe lives in Austria.

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