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Hug Time

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There was once a kitten so filled with love he wanted to give the whole world a hug!

And so Jules the kitten (also known in the Mutts cartoons as "Shtinky Puddin'") goes down the stairs to hug his friends, then all the birds in the park--and then he travels the world, hugging all those he meets! As Jules learns, a hug is the simplest--but kindest--gift we can give. And you can start giving right here, right now with the one who's closest to you. A joyous story about sharing love with a gently environmental theme.

From Publishers Weekly

Nov 19, 2007 – McDonnell (Just Like Heaven), creator of the comic strip Mutts, has a fan base that will greet this book with open arms. The strip’s hero, the cat Jules, sets out to hug one of every sort of animal in the world. This large goal is made less overwhelming by the book’s diminutive trim size and the conviction on Jules’s tiny, wide-eyed face (famous for his big red honker). McDonnell’s previous books had sparer palettes; this one combines warm, cream pages with pastel ink-and-watercolor vignettes to pleasing effect. Double-page spreads of snowy Arctic expanses under a moonlit turquoise sky provide a tense moment (“But at the North Pole, Jules sadly found/ What it would be like with no one around”). The artist quickly dispels the audience’s concern, because as Jules starts to sniff, a polar bear offers him a hug. Meter and rhyme wobble a bit (“There once was a kitten so filled with love,/ He wanted to give the whole world a hug”), but the sentiment seems to come from the heart. McDonnell’s carefully mixed gouaches and his able draftsmanship—the rarer the animal, the less likely he is to resort to caricature—hint at newly revealed talents. Ages 3-6.


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Customer Reviews

Hug Time

This is a great little book with a great big message. Great for adults and children alike. I love all of his books. They make me smile. A perfect gift for someone special, even if that someone is you!

Hug Time
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  • $9.99
  • Level: Grades P-P
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Animals
  • Published: Mar 27, 2012
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Seller: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Print Length: 48 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3 or later and iOS 4.2 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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