Hug Machine

illus. by Scott Campbell. 36p. S. & S./Little Simon. Dec. 2017. Board $7.99. ISBN 9781534400269.
PreS-K—Campbell's enthusiastic hugger makes for a splendid board book adaptation. The young child embraces a number of people, animals, and objects, proudly describing the wonders that his hugs can perform. The rosy palette and watercolor art lend the work a warm, intimate feeling, which is pleasantly offset by some goofier moments. The expression of pure bliss on the protagonist's face is infectious—it's not hard to imagine little ones giving their best hugs after reading.—Della Farrell, School Library Journal
A young boy enthusiastically explains why he is the "best at hugging" everyone and everything. After a busy day full of hugging, he discovers it's just as nice to [cf2]be[cf1] hugged. Campbell's story retains its humor and accessibility in this smaller board-book trim size, thanks to plentiful white space surrounding the cartoony watercolor illustrations and a pithy, toddler-friendly text.

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