Court Crandall & Joe Murray
Random House, 2005 (2005)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
n this picture book, the rotundly huggable mayor welcomes readers (in Court Crandall's cheerful verses) to '
cross the town line / And sample each hug on the Hugville town sign.
' Joe Murray's bright and zany illustrations highlight all the hugging that goes on (my favorite being the unlikely hug between a dog and cat on the back cover).
t's quite a town. Kids are taught hug subjects in grade school (by someone with a Ph.D., a '
Professional Hugging Degree
' no less). Then there's the town zoo, where we're instructed in the art of monkey ('
The Monkey Hug's one that every child knows. / Climb up a friend's limbs all the way to his nose
') and octopus hugging techniques - the author tells us the latter can '
take hours to untangle
hugging sound like fun, but I don't know about that
Itchy Dog Hug
ids love to hug and be hugged, and this irresistible book enthusiastically encourages it. It even includes a simple cut out
Hug Jug Kit
at the back. And it ends perfectly: '
Pretend that your arms are all covered with glue / And hug the one reading this story to you!
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