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Title:
Who wants a hug?
Author:
Mack, Jeff, author, illustrator.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Harper, [2015]
Physical Description:
34 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Summary:
Everyone likes Mr. Bear except grouchy Dr. Skunk, who devises a plan to make Mr. Bear stop being happy and hugging others.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780062220264
Format :
Book

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Author-illustrator Jeff Mack introduces two new hilarious characters--Bear and Skunk! Everyone likes hugs, especially when Bear gives them! Everyone, that is, except for Skunk. Bear really gets on Skunk's nerves. He's too happy . . . and he's always giving way too many hugs! Skunk has the perfect plan to keep Bear from giving any more hugs. Will it work? Similar to characters like Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd and Tom and Jerry, Bear and Skunk are sure to make young readers laugh in this fun read-aloud!


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Booklist Review

What would you rather have: a free hug or a free slug? The slug, by the way, does not refer to the slimy creature but instead to a punch from a villainous-looking skunk! Big, cuddly Bear loves to give hugs, and all of the forest animals love to receive them. Well, all except Skunk, who carries around a case of Super Stinky Tricks, which he uses to try and make the ever-affable Bear unhuggable. Each trick backfires, only irritating Skunk even more, while unsuspecting Bear offers Skunk a hug to make things better. When Skunk refuses to accept the embrace, Bear tells him that he will save him one for later. Later finally comes when Skunk's supersmelly stink-bomb balloon bursts in his own face, and Bear needs a clothespin to cover his nose while he keeps his word and offers a hug. Brightly colored cartoon-style illustrations and playful dialogue give this picture book a fun comic-book feel. A humorous and heartwarming take on friendship and forgiveness.--Mazza, April Copyright 2015 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Not only does grouchy Skunk definitely not want a hug, he's out to get the No. 1 purveyor of cuddles in the forest, the loving and popular Bear. Skunk has a bottomless briefcase of "Super Stinky Tricks" designed to make Bear smelly and therefore unhuggable, but each dastardly ploy backfires spectacularly. Bear's inability to forego giving hugs unwittingly saves him in the nick of time, making Skunk fall victim to his own smelly schemes, which involve a dead fish, an enormous bag of garbage, and a noxious stink bomb. Skunk's eventual capitulation, however, poses a new challenge for Bear: does he have the courage to hug a reformed reprobate who reeks? Even readers who know exactly where this story is headed will have fun following the comic tango of Mack's (Duck in the Fridge) hapless villain (who wears a top hat worthy of Snidely Whiplash) and oblivious, goody-four-paws hero. Told almost entirely through eminently performable dialogue, the story has the goofy verve and physics-defying slapstick of a Merrie Melodies cartoon. Ages 4-8. Agent: Rubin Pfeffer, Rubin Pfeffer Content. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-Everyone in the forest loves ebullient Bear and his big hugs-everyone except Skunk, the gleefully grouchy outcast. Bear's constant cheerfulness gets under Skunk's fur so much so that he decides to play a series of nasty tricks, but no matter how hard he tries, nothing goes right. When the stink balloon he plants for Bear backfires on him, Bear knows just what he needs to cheer him up-a hug. Skunk is quickly converted to Bear's hugging ways, and Bear's good nature wins out-even if he has to wear a clothespin on his nose. Mack's bright cartoon illustrations, created with a combination of ink and pencil and Photoshop, bring the characters to life and mesh perfectly with the crackling text. The message-that everyone is lovable, no matter how stinky and mean on the surface-bubbles through the story without ever becoming heavy-handed. A sure favorite for storytimes.-Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.