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How Do You Hug a Porcupine?
by Laurie Isop and Gwen Millward


Overview - The third book in the General Mills Spoonful of Stories series

Can you imagine hugging a porcupine? Sure, it's easy to picture hugging a bunny or even a billy goat, but where would you begin to try to hug a porcupine?

After seeing all his friends hug their favorite animals, one brave boy works up the courage to hug a porcupine, but the porcupine isn't so sure he wants to be hugged

The latest contest winner Laurie Isop and illustrator Gwen Millward aren't afraid to ask the pointed questions  Read more...


 
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More About How Do You Hug a Porcupine? by Laurie Isop; Gwen Millward
 
 
 
Overview
The third book in the General Mills Spoonful of Stories series

Can you imagine hugging a porcupine? Sure, it's easy to picture hugging a bunny or even a billy goat, but where would you begin to try to hug a porcupine?

After seeing all his friends hug their favorite animals, one brave boy works up the courage to hug a porcupine, but the porcupine isn't so sure he wants to be hugged

The latest contest winner Laurie Isop and illustrator Gwen Millward aren't afraid to ask the pointed questions

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781442412910
  • ISBN-10: 1442412917
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
  • Publish Date: July 2011
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-8
  • Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.85 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Humorous Stories
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Animals - General

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2011-05-09
  • Reviewer: Staff

Isop, winner of the Cheerios New Author Contest, makes a solid debut with this sweet musing on taking up with the ostensibly unembraceable. It's a particularly nettlesome issue for the protagonist, because all his friends are doing just fine with other animals: "A dog or cat is not so hard./ Just hug them in your own backyard./ Hugging bunnies is just divine./ But how do you hug a porcupine?" Millward's (The Bog Baby) pert mixed media drawings, coupled with a strategic use of white space, give the verse a sense of timing and subtle comedy; much of the fun comes from the interplay between the flummoxed boy and the suspicious porcupine, and all the other clutches that are advancing with varying degrees of enthusiasm and ingenuity (the bunnies can't get enough, the elephant offers its trunk, and the cat looks dubious). It's a lighthearted lesson in trust and letting down one's guard—once the porcupine is convinced of the boy's friendship (an offering of marshmallows smooths the way), a hug seems like the most natural thing in the world. Ages 3–up. (July)

 
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