When Jake refuses his mother's hug at the school door-"Everyone will think I'm a baby"-he just assumes it will be there to console him at the end of the day when, as Mayhew (Katie Meets the Impressionists) diplomatically puts it, "Things hadn't gone [his] way." But Jake discovers that hugs don't go into a personalized cold storage, but are rather part of a kind of cuddly continuum, traveling from one needy recipient to another, ad infinitum. Nonetheless, Jake is determined to reclaim his hug (hence the title) and so launches a quest that starts at his dad (who needed a hug because his motorcycle malfunctioned) and ends in a fairytale land with a very big red dragon. Hellard's (Yake a Kiss to School) ink-and-watercolor drawings have the fluid line, elegant air and well-heeled settings reminiscent of William Hamilton's New Yorkercartooning; the urbane aesthetic keeps the book's conceit from getting soggy and makes it a nice choice for bedtime. Ages 4-8. (Feb.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Where's My Hug?by James Mayhew, Sue Hellard
Jake doesn't want to give his mother a hug when he gets to school. All the other kids will think he's a baby. But when Jake gets home, he finds that his mom has given his hug to his dad, who's given it to the cat, who's given it to a witch, and so on . . . Will Jake ever get his hug back? James Mayhew's gentle story and Sue Hellard's charming illustrations make
Jake doesn't want to give his mother a hug when he gets to school. All the other kids will think he's a baby. But when Jake gets home, he finds that his mom has given his hug to his dad, who's given it to the cat, who's given it to a witch, and so on . . . Will Jake ever get his hug back? James Mayhew's gentle story and Sue Hellard's charming illustrations make this a perfect bedtime story for parents and children to share.
- Bloomsbury USA
- Publication date:
- Edition description:
- First Edition
- Product dimensions:
- 9.09(w) x 10.94(h) x 0.45(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 8 Years
Meet the Author
JAMES MAYHEW is the author of many books for children, including the Katie series and The Knight Who Took All Day. He lives in England.
Sue Hellard has illustrated many wonderful books for children, including Princesses Are Not Quitters! and Take a Kiss to School. She lives in London.
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