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Group Hug

There once was a slug,
needing someone to hug.

When Slug happens upon a lonely beetle, he knows just what to do. He gives him a big hug―and then the two friends decide to pass it along. They meet Mouse, who’s down in the dumps, Skunk, who’s a bit smelly, and more and more animals, until their group hug stretches wide and tall. But when Bear comes along, will there be enough hug to share? Join this forest of friendly animals as one-by-on they learn the contagious happiness that hugs can bring!

This delightful picture book encourages kindness and goes to show “that a hugger finds happiness ‘longside the hugged!”

Picture book, Ages 4-8, Macmillan/Holt/Godwin Books, 11/2021
ISBN: 9781250127105 (Hardcover)

For Teachers, Parents and Readers

GROUP HUG Storytime and Curriculum Guide coming in January!

Meet illustrator Joey Chou!

Group Hug

There once was a slug,
needing someone to hug.

When Slug happens upon a lonely beetle, he knows just what to do. He gives him a big hug―and then the two friends decide to pass it along. They meet Mouse, who’s down in the dumps, Skunk, who’s a bit smelly, and more and more animals, until their group hug stretches wide and tall. But when Bear comes along, will there be enough hug to share? Join this forest of friendly animals as one-by-on they learn the contagious happiness that hugs can bring!

This delightful picture book encourages kindness and goes to show “that a hugger finds happiness ‘longside the hugged!”

Picture book, Ages 4-8, Macmillan/Holt/Godwin Books, 11/2021
ISBN: 9781250127105 (Hardcover)

REVIEWS, NEWS AND INTERVIEWS

“This sweetly endearing charmer, highlighting kindness, is expressed in jaunty, witty rhymes that read and scan beautifully … Readers will embrace this captivating winner.”

Kirkus STARRED Review

“The economic text has a surfeit of aural pleasures, and Reidy (Truman) strikes a comic tone that never sinks into sentimentality: an overworked beaver is beckoned with ‘Come join our crew./ Let the hugging ensue!’ Digital art by Chou (Ways to Welcome) combines strong lines and shapes with intricate, expertly balanced overlays of color and texture. Together, text and art radiate a sense of unalloyed communal joy. “

Publishers Weekly