** Shortlisted for FutureBooks Best Children’s App 2011 **
** The best-selling books app **
** Listed by Apple as New & Noteworthy **

by ABYC1234
‘Lovely story. A funny adorable bear that my 2 1/2 year old totally loves. I've only had this app for 3 days and she's played with it countless times. And it still can make her laugh like the first time. Well worth the money.’

Join Hugless Douglas on his search for the perfect hug in this engaging app with animations, sound effects and music.

When Douglas, a huggable lovable bear, wakes up one morning in need of a hug, he goes to try and find one… but none of them seem quite right.

Choose to read the story yourself or hear it read aloud by Alan Davies. Children will love exploring each page and discovering the touch activated animation on every screen.

This app comes with a noughts and crosses game and a fantastic hug gallery.

Perfect for families on the go, this interactive version of the bestselling picture book is bursting with love, hugs and laughter!

David Melling is an internationally acclaimed children’s author-illustrator and his bestselling books perfectly combine humour and charm. The irresistible Douglas is certain to enchant and delight adults and children alike.

Read and listen – enjoy this bestselling picture book with the story read aloud by Alan Davies

Share- read the story together. To promote reading, key words zoom up when the pictures are touched

Play – send hugs to your friends using the hug gallery or play the fantastic noughts and crosses game.

Praise for the book:

“A charming and endearing tale” The Bookseller

“A thoroughly enjoyable experience” Bookbag

“Douglas…will no doubt become a hit as he is such a lovable character” Families South West

“Make sure this adorable book is top of the pile for bedtime reads” Maternity and Infant

Visit to discover a world of perfect books for every age.

For users experiencing issues with the sound:
-Go to Settings and then General
-Select Mute on “Use side Switch to” tag
-Move side witch button to mute off
-Keyboard sound should be back

Then select back “lock rotation” for the side switch.


If your apps have no sound, try flipping the orientation lock button above the volume buttons.

If that fixes it and you don’t want it to happen again, go into the general settings and change “Use side switch to” to “Lock Rotation” instead of “mute”.

What's New

Version 2.0.2

Music on/off button
Updated David Melling book page
Removed Christmas Hug

Customer Reviews

3.2 out of 5

24 Ratings

24 Ratings

Good, but...


It's a lovely story, and nicely illustrated, but I'm so disappointed that it doesn't appear to be interactive in Read to Me mode. My grandchildren are not at reading level yet, but love the independence of using the iPad themselves and putting their stories onto Read to Me, and still having the fun of interactivity.

Unless there is an issue with my app, in Read to Me mode the app performs as a slide show, and the children do not even appear to be able to turn pages, go back or enjoy the other interactive features that are present in the Read Alone mode.

Hugless Douglas

Apps appraiser

What a wonderful app! This is a real favourite in our house. The illustrations are beautiful and the reading and interactivity keep the little ones interested and amused. The fact they can send hugs to their Gran and friends makes it a firm favourite. More like this please!

Not worth the money ...


We loved the Hugless Dougless books so I thought I would buy the app as an extension to them. I was really disappointed with the activities and the book ... Well we already have them so definitely not worth the additional money. Surely a little bit more imagination wouldn't be that difficult?


Bookpoint Limited
181.8 MB
Requires iOS 3.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
Text copyright © David Melling Illustration copyright © David Melling


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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