Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Review - Group Hug

Group Hug

by Jean Reidy
illustrated by Joey Chou
Date: 2021
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 32
Format: e-book
Source: library

There once was a slug, / needing someone to hug.

When Slug happens upon a lonely beetle, he knows just what to do. He gives him a big hug--and then the two friends decide to pass it along. They meet Mouse, who's down in the dumps, Skunk, who's a bit smelly, and more and more animals, until their group hug stretches wide and tall. But when Bear comes along, will there be enough hug to share? This delightful picture book encourages kindness and goes to show that a hugger finds happiness 'longside the hugged!

(synopsis from Goodreads)

I can see this book being used for a read-aloud storytime. It's got cute characters, a bouncy rhythm, and a nice overall message.

The pictures are just okay for me. Everything's kind of blocky, but I guess that's just the style. They're colourful, anyway.

Overall, a nice book about hugs.

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

Enjoyment: 3/5

Overall: 3 out of 5

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