Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Hogs hate hugs! by Tiziana Bendall-Brunello; illustrated by John Bendall-Brunello

They say you can never have too much of a good thing - but Little Hog would disagree.  Everyone in the forest loves to hug him because he is the cutest and cuddliest little hog in the whole forest and everyone wants their own unique Little Hog cuddle.  His cuddle routine starts with his family but also includes all his friends in the forest and it is more than one little cute and cuddly hog can take!

Determined to make the hugs stop Little Hog posts a sign on a tree which simply reads "Hogs hate hugs" - a sign that causes more than a little consternation among his friends and family.  Does Little Hog really hate hugs or is he just a little sick of them?  You'll have to read the book to find out!

I loved Hogs hate hugs! from start to finish because it is just a fabulous book with laugh out loud and eye rolling moments galore as we experience Little Hogs world of hugs and the chaos that ensues when he lays down the law and says no more hugs.  

This is one of those fantastic books that can be enjoyed as a simple picture book as well as being shared with children to encourage them to express their feelings - because after all if Little Hog had been honest about how he felt about all the hugs then he wouldn't have reached melting point!  

Loads of charm and humour make this a wonderful didactic picture book without brow beating you with the message - fun to share and enjoy with the little person (or persons) in your life.

If you like this book then try:

  • I'm not cute! by Jonathan Allen
  • Hug machine by Scott Campbell
  • The cuddliest hug by Meredith Costain; illustrated by Cee Biscoe
  • Hugless Douglas by David Melling

Reviewed by Brilla

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