The Hug

Eoin McLaughlin, illustrated by Polly Dunbar
AUD $14.99
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A picture book to fall in love with this Valentine's Day.

A beautiful, heartwarming picture book with all the universal appeal of Guess How Much I Love You.

Hedgehog was feeling sad.
As sad as a hedgehog can feel.
So sad only one thing could help . . .

Tortoise was feeling sad.
As sad as a tortoise can feel.
So sad only one thing could help . . .


In this clever flipbook, both a hedgehog and a tortoise are looking for a hug. They ask all the other animals they come across but for some reason no one will hug them. Until a wise owl explains: Hedgehog is too spiky; Tortoise is too bony.

And that's when they find each other!

'Feels like being enveloped in your very own hug.' - Kirkus

'A smashing story time tale.' - Books for Keeps

'It's utterly lovely. It makes her face light up every time she hears it.' - The Guardian Best Books of 2019

Author bio:

Polly Dunbar is one of the most well known illustrators working in the UK today. Polly's bestselling book, Penguin, has won numerous awards including the BookTrust Early Year's Award, the Nestle Silver Children's Book Prize, the Red House Children's Book of the Year Award and was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal. Polly was chosen as one of BookTrust's Ten Best illustrators. Polly is the illustrator of Shoe Baby, Pat-a-Cake Baby and two picture books written by David Almond. Polly created Tilly and Friends, a series which is now animated on CBeebies. She is also co-founder of an award-winning theatre company. Polly lives in the Waveny Valley, Suffolk with her partner and their two boys.

Eoin was born in Ireland and now lives in Peckham with his wife and their baby. When he's not hugging them, he's writing more stories. This is his debut picture book, with many more in the pipeline.

Category: Children's
ISBN: 9780571340019
Publisher: Faber
Imprint: Faber Child Trade
Pub Date: February 2021
Page Extent: 56
Format: Paperback
Subject: Animal stories (Children's / Teenage)