The Perfect Hug

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An adorable follow-up to The Biggest Kiss, which School Library Journal called ?a wonderful cuddle-up-and-read choice.?

There are hugs for wrigglers, and hugs for gigglers. Hugs that are tickly, and hugs that are prickly?But what kind of hug is absolutely PERFECT? This fabulous feel-good picture book is simply bursting with the cuddliest, snuggliest, most perfect hugs. Dive in and enjoy a hug yourself!

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Overview

An adorable follow-up to The Biggest Kiss, which School Library Journal called “a wonderful cuddle-up-and-read choice.”

There are hugs for wrigglers, and hugs for gigglers. Hugs that are tickly, and hugs that are prickly…But what kind of hug is absolutely PERFECT? This fabulous feel-good picture book is simply bursting with the cuddliest, snuggliest, most perfect hugs. Dive in and enjoy a hug yourself!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Hugs aren’t “one size fits all” learns a little panda, replacing the penguin that sought the ideal smooch in Walsh and Abbot’s The Biggest Kiss (2011). A variety of toylike animals offer the panda a squeeze with mixed results, including a butterscotch grizzly bear (“A hug from a grizzly/ is big but scary./ Grin and bear it,/ but do be wary”), a spider (“Then there’s the question of arms./ What’s too many?”), and a tree full of leggy monkeys (“Fantastic hugs!/ Elastic hugs!”). A same-species hug from a fellow panda proves just right. Sugary verse and a playful animal cast result in a feel-good story for year-round snuggling. Ages 4–8. (Dec.)
School Library Journal
PreS-K—Like the penguin who searched for a kiss in Walsh's The Biggest Kiss (S & S, 2011), a young panda also sets out on a journey to find an "exactly right" hug. With a deerstalker cap atop his head and a trusty magnifying glass in his hand, the youngster heads in the direction indicated by a bright "perfect hug" sign and encounters all kinds of animal huggers along the way. Some are too tall, some too short; some have lots of arms, and some, like the snails, none at all. The panda searches the ocean in diving gear, but the jellyfish have too many stingers for a comfortable embrace. Might outer space hold the answer? No, the perfect hug is much closer to home as young readers might easily guess before the final page turn. The brief rhyming text features "Fantastic hugs!,/Elastic hugs!, Gymnastic,/enthusiastic hugs!" while Abbot's winsome animals appear on both white and colored grounds, engaged in hugs large and small. There are dinosaurs with necks entwined, gleeful monkeys hugging as they swing from trees, a wraparound boa constrictor hug, and even googly-eyed space creature hugs. This charming story is a good choice for one-on-one sharing, and the satisfying conclusion, "If you hug me,/then I'll hug you!" will likely encourage some cuddles as well.—Marianne Saccardi, formerly at Norwalk Community College, CT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442466067
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
  • Publication date: 12/18/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 140,025
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.50 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Joanna Walsh has written and illustrated several books for children, including The Biggest Kiss and The Perfect Hug, both illustrated by Judi Abbot.

Judi Abbot studied illustration in Milan, Italy. She is the author and illustrator of Mouse’s Christmas Wish. She is also the illustrator of several books for children, including The Biggest Kiss and The Perfect Hug, both written by Joanna Walsh.

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