Campbell, Scott. Hug Machine. Book Review.

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On the cover of this large picture book is a simple cartoonish little boy hugging a mailbox. The story begins “Whoa! Here I come! I am the Hug Machine!” The child with the spaghetti like arms and the huge head goes on to explain how wonderful his hug*and how they help everyone and everything around. He is indiscriminate in his hugging. Soft, hard, big, small, spiky, living, inanimate, it doesn’t matter – everyone gets a hug. His hugs are fueled by pizza and when he is exhausted at the end of the day, he gladly receive a hug from his mother.

I love the subtle message of this story. Even the smallest person can make the world a better place by sharing his simple gift, in this case, great hugs.

The illustrations are wonky cute watercolors. They are simple, but expressive, and always humorous.

A delightful book.

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Bonnie Ferrante: Books For All Ages

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