Perfect Picture Book Friday! Who Wants a Hug? by Jeff Mack

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because I find the humor in it hilarious and I think it may ba a good book for kids who are and are not “huggers.”

hugWho Wants a Hug?

Written and illustrated by Jeff Mack

40 pages – ages 4+
Published by HarperCollins on January 6, 2015

Theme/Topic- Hugging/Trying something new

Genre- Nonfiction

Opening and Synopsis-  Opening -“Everyone liked bear. No one liked skunk.

Synopsis (publisher’s description) – Everyone likes hugs, especially when Bear gives them! Everyone, that is, except for Skunk. Bear really gets on Skunk’s nerves. He’s too happy . . . and he’s always giving way too many hugs! Skunk has the perfect plan to keep Bear from giving any more hugs. Will it work?

Why I liked this book- I know this may surprise you, as I [normally] am not the hugging type of guy, but I really liked this book. Mr. Mack has written and illustrated a funny, cute story about how a skunk doesn’t like that a bear is liked more. Well, this may explain why:




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Isn’t that illustration awesome! I like Skunk’s top hat. 🙂 The story is really nice, and would make a great read-aloud. The pictures are warm and fuzzy (there are a bunch of woodland creatures – why WOULDN’T it be fuzzy? 😉 ) and make you smile. To me, it feels like a fairy-tale a bit, mostly because Skunk has a top hat (I WANT that top hat!!!). Mr. Mack has written another great story. There is humor throughout the book that will make little kids laugh and big kids chuckle!

Activities and Resources-

It would be fun (if you read this book in class) for kids to bring in a stuffed animal they can hug while reading the book.

I found this teacher guide from Super Duper Publications on teaching kids about personal space and how to tell if someone needs more. Click HERE.

To see more of the book’s interior and learn more about Jeff Mack, visit his website by clicking HERE.

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!

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23 replies

  1. Oh, a bear book, a bear book! Mr. Cornelius and I will definitely be checking this one out. Thanks for the review!

  2. I could go for a free slug. I guess I’m on Team Skunk.

  3. Now we know where “a big bear hug” comes from. This is a delightful choice. Love the illustration you shared. Maybe my eyes are playing tricks, but do I see some “fumes” behind skunk? I like the idea of discussing boundaries and personal space with kids. Although a lot of people love to be hugged, other’s don’t. Nice spring choice!

  4. You would look great in that top hat! I love this book. I hugged my teddy bear a lot when I was young and now I have a teddy bear hubby to hug. And children and grandchildren to hug too. Here´s to free hugs !!!

  5. I’ll take a pet slug too. Another vote for Team Skunk!

  6. Mr. Mack writes some great books! This one looks like fun! I look forward to reading it — it sounds like it is pretty giggle inducing.

  7. That is so funny. I think Skunk may be a little jealous. Love the top hat too!

  8. I love the illustrations.

  9. Haha! Fun review, Erik. Looks like my kind of book. Great illustrations, humor, and furry friends. 😀

  10. That illustration is hilarious! Hugs and slugs! I won’t make any political jokes about the bear vs. skunk parties. Thanks for the rec, Erik!

  11. I love this. I found it at my library. Can’t wait to read it.

  12. The illustrations look beautiful. I like the theme too. I had’t heard of this one before, so thanks for sharing.


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