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November 9, 2014 / Leslie

Books for Young Readers

The Hug Machine by Scott Campbell

HugMachinePublisher: Atheneum Books | August 2014
Age: Preschool – 2nd Grade | 40 pages

This endearing story encourages a warm, caring, and buoyantly affectionate approach to life. Everyone deserves a hug—and this book!

The Hug Machine is an adorable book about a little boy who loves to give hugs. He is so good at hugging that he calls himself ‘The Hug Machine’. Nothing is too big or too small – or even too prickly – to receive a hug. And how does the Hug Machine get all that energy to keep hugging? Pizza, of course!

With only a small amount of text and many fun illustrations, this cute picture book is aimed at pre-school through second grade children.

I realize the little boy is hugging everyone and everything in town and indiscriminate hugging is not a good thing to teach a young child. However, I liked this book enough to assume that he knew all the people he was hugging and his parents were OK with it, so it was all good – and besides, this a book to be read with the very young, and an ensuing discussion about who to hug would be most appropriate.

Rating: 4½ stars
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Source: Review copy provided by the publisher through AmazonVine.
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  1. BermudaOnion / Nov 9 2014 11:16 am

    Oh my, I want that book – it looks adorable!!

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  2. Suko / Nov 9 2014 1:46 pm

    Sounds like a sweet book for little ones! 🙂

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  3. Fiction-Books (@Fiction_Books) / Nov 9 2014 5:11 pm

    Hi Leslie,
    Isn’t it such a shame that neither children nor adults can behave spontaneously these days, without someone casting aspersions about your character or intentions. Everyone deserves a hug now and again 🙂 What a lovely book.
    Yvonne

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  4. diane / Nov 9 2014 7:01 pm

    That looks adorable.

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  5. stacybuckeye / Nov 21 2014 10:35 pm

    So cute. I want a hug!!

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