It’s very special to read a picture book to a child and watch the emotions play out on their faces as the story unfolds. The Hug had that very effect on Little P. It contains two stories, one at the front of the book and one at the back, read separately but both coming to the same heart warming conclusion in the centre of the book.
The first story is about hedgehog who really needs a hug but all the animals that he meets find an excuse not to give him one. Then he meets Owl who explains that maybe the other animals are put off by hedgehog’s prickles. ‘But don’t worry there’s someone for everyone’ Owl tells the sad little hedgehog.
The second story is about tortoise who ALSO really needs a hug but all the animals that he meets find an excuse not to give him one. Then he meets Owl who explains that maybe the other animals are put off by tortoise’s hard shell. ‘But don’t worry there’s someone for everyone’ Owl tells the sad little tortoise.
Finally destiny intervenes and brings hedgehog and tortoise together in the warmest, cuddliest, happiest of hugs. Owl was right there really is someone for everyone!
Polly Dunbar brings all the characters to life with her vivid illustrations in Eoin McLaughlin’s wonderful story about emotions, love and empathy.
It was a joy to watch Little P get lost in this book. She fell in love with hedgehog and tortoise, full of sympathy when they had nobody to give them a hug. When they finally meet and hug each other she has the widest smile on her face every time we read it! She also gets a lot of fun from the two stories in one book. The Hug scores a nine out of ten on the P-OMETER.
The Hug written by Eoin McLaughlin and illustrated by Polly Dunbar is published by Faber & Faber. ISBN: 9780571340019