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Hug Time
by Patrick McDonnell


Overview - There was once a kitten so filled with love he wanted to give the whole world a hug, and so Jules the kitten 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 to give, in this joyous story by Patrick McDonnell.  Read more...

 
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Overview
There was once a kitten so filled with love he wanted to give the whole world a hug, and so Jules the kitten 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 to give, in this joyous story by Patrick McDonnell.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780316114943
  • ISBN-10: 0316114944
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers
  • Publish Date: November 2007
  • Page Count: 48
  • Reading Level: Ages 3-6


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Emotions & Feelings
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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Nature & the Natural World - Environment

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 55.
  • Review Date: 2007-11-19
  • Reviewer: Staff

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. (Nov.)

 
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