The Hug

The Hug

by David Grossman, Michal Rovner
     
 

“You are sweet,” Ben’s mother tells him as they walk in the field at sunset, “There is no one like you in the entire world!” “I want there to be someone like me!” Ben exclaims, for if he is the only person like himself in the entire world, he wonders, won’t he get lonely?
In The Hug, internationally renowned author

Overview

“You are sweet,” Ben’s mother tells him as they walk in the field at sunset, “There is no one like you in the entire world!” “I want there to be someone like me!” Ben exclaims, for if he is the only person like himself in the entire world, he wonders, won’t he get lonely?
In The Hug, internationally renowned author David Grossman tells the moving story of the moment when Ben realizes that no two living creatures are alike—not his mother and father, their beautiful dog Miracle or the ants who march side by side at his feet and appear identical—and the loneliness he feels knowing that there is no one else quite like him in the whole world. But just as he is feeling the most alone he has ever felt, he is soothed by his mother’s loving hug. Timeless, touching, and beautifully produced, The Hug is a charming and important work for parents and children encountering the feeling of being different, together

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
10/07/2013
For a boy named Ben, the idea that he’s “unique and special” is far from reassuring—if there’s no one else on Earth exactly like him, “Then I’m all alone!” What’s worse, so is everyone else on the planet. “Everyone is a little alone, but also together,” says Ben’s mother, trying to explain, but some explanations require a hug to truly be understood. Rovner’s chilly, gestural pencil drawings picture Ben and his mother as tiny silhouettes on small patches of land; occasional trees, animals, and people appear, but the focus is on the two of them, underpinning the idea that solitude and togetherness aren’t mutually exclusive. Ages 3–up. (Oct.)
From the Publisher
"The language is lyrical and spare but filled with universal truth; the art, also spare, just grays with a hint of color, is perfect for enhancing story and mood." —Jewish Book World
Kirkus Reviews
2014-08-20
In this gentle Israeli import, a little boy worries that because there is no one else exactly like him, he will be lonely. A mother tenderly tells her child: "You are so sweet, there's nobody else like you in the whole wide world!" But these loving words are not as reassuring as she intends. In fact, they are worrisome to tiny Ben. "But then I'm all alone!" he exclaims. With quintessential child logic, Ben believes if he is unique and there is no one else who matches him, then he will be lonely, even with his mother right by his side. "Everyone is a little alone, but also together," she explains. That doesn't help to clarify anything to Ben. Luckily, the power of a hug is all he needs to know. Vast white space surrounds Rovner's fuzzy, pencil drawings. Mother and child are often at the center, with few details around them. The contemplative and repetitive nature of Ben's questioning echoes in the simple lines. Small hints of color suggest sprouts of understanding. A valuable reminder that individuality, while often celebrated, can be confusing to comprehend and even scarier to preserve—for all ages. (Picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781468302738
Publisher:
The Overlook Press
Publication date:
10/31/2013
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
9 - 18 Years

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"The language is lyrical and spare but filled with universal truth; the art, also spare, just grays with a hint of color, is perfect for enhancing story and mood." —Jewish Book World

Meet the Author

David Grossman was born inJerusalem. He is the author of numerous works of fiction, nonfiction, and children’s literature. His work has appeared in The New Yorker and has been translated into thirty languages. He is the recipient of many prizes, including the French Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, the Buxtehuder Bulle in Germany, Rome’s Premio per la Pace e l’Azione Umitaria, the Premio Ischia— International Award for Journalism, Israel’s Emet Prize, and the Albatross Prize given by the Günter Grass Foundation.

Michal Rovner lives and works between New York City and a farm in Israel. Rovner’s work in video, sculpture and installation creates a chain of associations from the poetic to the political. In Rovner’s work has been exhibited worldwide in over fifty solo exhibitions including a mid-career retrospective at the Whitney Museum of Art, New York, and Histoires (2011), a solo exhibition in three parts at the Musee du Louvre inParis.

Stuart Schoffman

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