Where's My Hug?

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

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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.

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Publishers Weekly

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.)

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Children's Literature - Meagan Albright
James Mayhew, the author of The Knight Who Took All Day, has written another sweet and comedic picture book (though a knight plays more of a minor role in this book). When Jake refuses a hug from his mother when she drops him off at school in the morning, she gives the hug to his father, who gives it to the cat, who gives it to a witch and so on. After a bad day, Jake needs a hug, but first he must follow the path of his morning hug—from dad, to cat to witch and wizard—before finding the hug in a very unlikely place—with a big red dragon. With its repeating refrain of "Where's my hug?" and the lively and humorous illustrations, this would be a wonderful book for storytime. An excellent lesson in love and manners from a respected author and illustrator team, this book is a recommended purchase for schools and public libraries. Reviewer: Meagan Albright
Kirkus Reviews
When mom wants a hug from her primary-schooler son, Jake, he rolls his eyes. "Everyone will think I'm a baby." Later, when it's HE who needs a hug, mom explains that since he didn't want hers, she gave it to Dad, who gave it to the cat, who gave it to a witch, etc., until the coveted hug was given to a gigantic red dragon, from whom Jake must retrieve it. At bedtime, mom asks for a hug once again, but after having gone to such lengths to recover one, Jake is reluctant to let it go. Mom solves this quandary by giving Jake an extra hug, which he returns with sweet affection. Hellard's watercolor-and-pen pictures spread to fill pages with expanding make-believe action, and children will enjoy spotting the playthings-Jake's storybook wizard and toy knight, for example-that become part of the larger story. With its opportunity to chant the refrain "Where's my hug?," Mayhew's text will work equally well in group settings or up close for one-on-one reading. Pair this with Else Holmelund Minarik's A Kiss for Little Bear for a hugs-and-kisses storytime. (Picture book. 2-7)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599902258
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
01/22/2008
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
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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