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Hug Machine

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Sweetly funny hugger's tale is irresistible read-aloud.

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HUG MACHINE begins with the bold claim that the bug-eyed, floppy-armed, red-booted young boy is the best at hugging -- and it's easy to believe. In his first solo book for children, Scott Campbell beautifully blends humor and heart. He creates a winning young hero, earnestly striving to make the world a better place, one hug at a time. Campbell's watercolor illustrations, with a softened palette, enhance the comforting tone.

The little boy is utterly charming: Persistent and sure of his purpose, he sees hugging as his duty, a talent he must share. Kids will delight in the startled reactions to the boy's hugs and will love following him on his hugging spree through town (and parents will love the hugs that undoubtedly will follow this read-aloud).

Book Details

  • Author: Scott Campbell
  • Illustrator: Scott Campbell
  • Genre: Picture Book
  • Topics: Friendship
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Atheneum
  • Publication date: August 26, 2014
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 4 - 8
  • Number of pages: 40
  • Available on: Nook, Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: February 10, 2020

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