Parents' Guide to

No Hugs Till Saturday

By Dawn Friedman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Loving reminder that giving up hugs isn't easy.

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Kids will relate to Felix's burgeoning independence and his sometimes contrary mommy-centric feelings. What preschooler hasn't wanted a little more control around the house? With a straightforward story and detailed illustrations, Downing creates a picture book with a story that's richer than readers might expect.

Parents will catch how complicated Felix's feelings really are and can use the book as a way to discuss their own kids' sometimes contrary emotions. For example, Felix may want to punish his mother just the tiniest little bit for taking away his baseball, but he doesn't want to punish himself. So when he feels jealous seeing his baby sibling getting lots of cuddling, he decides that maybe he can move the "no hugs" date back a day because clearly "Mama was missing his hugs." Parents can point out in the picture that Felix's expression and body language show that maybe it's not just Mommy who's doing the missing.

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