How many hugs is too many? This girl's had enough! After coughing up a hairball, a girl's cat doesn't feel well. So the girl offers to give her cat a hug, which makes the cat — and the girl — feel better. A dog notices and asks for a hug, too. Then some ducks come along asking for hugs. And a skunk... and a bear — and a porcupine! One animal after another comes asking the girl for a hug until she's simply had enough. How much more of this can she take?
With spare text and wonderfully expressive illustrations, Charlene Chua has created a playful, funny picture book with an original premise. The story shows how important hugs can be to our happiness — even the most unlikely of creatures sometimes need one! — but that doesn't mean they're always welcome. This picture book explores compassion and the importance of setting boundaries, all through a premise that will get kids giggling.
"Generously, the kid acquiesces to each request despite the personal toll. The kid’s appearance and reactions, however, go from neat through frazzled to full-out disheveled, with frayed hair and stained clothes. Eventually an eclectic ensemble of demanding creatures, complete with a fiery dragon, provokes the beleaguered protagonist to yell, 'STOP!' After this eruption, the tabby helps the kid find peace — with a hug, of course. Short and sweet, the book gently guides readers to find balance between helping others while acknowledging their own emotional needs." — Kirkus Reviews
|Recommended Age||3 - 6|
|Publication Date||Sep 1, 2020|
|Publisher||Kids Can Press|