I Need a Hug
Rich with author-illustrator Aaron Blabey's signature rhyming text and unforgettably splendid illustrations, I Need a Hug is a sweet story about friendship and learning not to judge a book by its cover.
Perfect for Valentine's Day or any day that requires a hug!
What I loved: The illustrations on this book are simple but lovely with loads of bright colors. The word-to-picture ratio is ideal for young toddlers who will also enjoy the bright colors and text. The porcupine does a great job of asking for hugs and accepting the no’s she receives in return. This is overall a simple book with rhyming phrases to appeal to young readers.
What left me wanting more: My only complaint is that the porcupine calls others unkind when they don’t want a cuddle (what was unkind was maybe their disgust at her request). This is a cutesy thing as part of the rhyming and thoughts, but it has some sense of obligation with the request, and may have been better left out or explained better (e.g. in terms of the negativity of their replies versus just not wanting to hug/cuddle in general).
Final verdict: This colorful and vivid book with cute animal illustrations and rhyming phrases will certainly appeal to young toddlers. This can also present with a good opportunity to discuss consent in simple terms and how we should ask and respect others’ decisions about hugs, cuddles, and kisses.