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A book of hugs
Ross, Dave, 1949-
Personal Author:
Newly illustrations edition.
Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollinsPublishers, [1999]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Describes a variety of hugs, including people hugs, blanket hugs, and birthday hugs, and presents facts and hints about hugs.
Reading Level:
AD 400 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC K-2 2.4 1 Quiz: 28941 Guided reading level: K.
Added Author:

Format :


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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Have a Hug! There are all kinds of hugs.
Porcupine hugs are done very carefully.
Knee hugs are good for hugging someone tall.
And piggyback hugs are the best way to see a parade.
From birthday hugs to Great-Aunt Mary hugs, every hug has a purpose even a lamppost hug.
You should never hug tomorrow when you can hug today.
But which hug will you choose?
Puppy hugs

Fraidycat hugs

Birthday hugs

I love-you-hugs

In this delightfully cuddly book, Dave Ross and Laura Rader team up to give us a warm and friendly look at some of the best kinds of hugs around. An Alternate Selection of Childrens Book-of-the-Month Club.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3-5. The title says it all. Each page shows a different kind of hug; there's a heading at the top of the clean white page (Bear Hugs); a brief description on the bottom ("Bear hugs are strong, be careful not to hurt"); and a cheerful, well-drawn, cartoon-style picture in the middle. Some of the hugs, such as Mommy hugs, are sweet, and other hugs, such as knee-hugs (the kind you might give to a giraffe), are sort of silly. Generally, however, this is a simple, upbeat book that gets most of its humor from the engaging pictures. Not an essential purchase, but a happy one. (Reviewed March 15, 1999)0060281472Ilene Cooper

Publisher's Weekly Review

A Book of Hugs by Dave Ross, illus. by Laura Rader, the first of a pair of board books, catalogues all manner of embraces, from "Puppy Hugs," which are "very soft and wet" to "Sister Hugs," which are "also known as a Single Arm Hug... [and] are good for when you walk together (even if you aren't sisters)." A Book of Kisses similarly enumerates the array of busses to be had. ( Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Originally published in 1980 with black-and-white drawings by the author, this picture book has been reissued with new full-color illustrations. Beginning with dictionary definitions of "Hug," "Hugger," and "Huggable," the book describes various types of embraces, from the ordinary ("Grandma hugs...are especially nice in the kitchen") to the unusual ("Ice-cube hugs are quite common in February"). The final pages close with facts and hints about these displays of affection, such as "Never hug tomorrow when you could hug today." Minor text changes have been made; for example, "pricker-bush hugs" have been eliminated, while "good-night hugs" and "I-love-you hugs" have been added. The short, simple text works well with the brightly colored, cartoon-style illustrations of animals dressed in goofy clothing. Young children will giggle at the sillier images (an octopus squeezing a surprised fish) and may recognize many of the situations from their own lives (an embrace from Great-Aunt Mary, which leaves lipstick on your cheek). Although some of the paintings are too small for group sharing, this book will work well for intimate groups or as a bedtime read-aloud. Libraries owning the original will probably want to replace it with this attractive update.-Dawn Amsberry, formerly at Oakland Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.