Sunday, November 4, 2018

Review - The Hug Book

The Hug Book
by Sue Fliess
illustrated by Anne Kennedy
Date: 2014
Publisher: Golden Books
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 24
Format: e-book
Source: library

Hugs are special. Hugs are free. Will you share a hug with me?

This sweet Little Golden Book features loving families and friends hugging for so many wonderful reasons! There are hello hugs, good-bye hugs, Mommy hugs, Daddy hugs, and welcome-home hugs—just to name a few!

(synopsis from Goodreads)

Oh... this is so disappointing. Most of this book--almost all of this book, in fact--is really cute. The bouncy rhythm of the text makes it a perfect book to read out loud, and the illustrations of all the animals hugging are so adorable.

So what's the problem? On the second page, we get this:

Mom hugs,
Dad hugs,
No-such-thing-as-bad hugs!

Okay, yes, it's in the context of hugs from parents, but are little kids going to understand that? I don't like the idea of teaching kids that there's no such thing as bad hugs. If it makes you feel icky, it's bad. It doesn't matter who's giving it. (Teaching consent is important, even at a young age.)

So, with that in mind, I was kind of distracted for the rest of the book, which is a shame, because it was fine after that.

Quotable moment:

Old hugs,
New hugs,
Nice-to-see-you-too hugs!

Premise: 3/5
Meter: 3/5
Writing: 3/5
Illustrations: 4/5
Originality: 3/5

Enjoyment: 3/5

Overall: 3.14 out of 5

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