“Sometimes clever, sometimes bland, this collection of hugs is sweet but falls short of its potential.”
From A to Z, An Alphabet of Hugs takes readers through twenty-six different types of hugs, demonstrated by twenty-six different parent-child animal pairings. The hug types draw inspiration from familiar parent-child interactions such as bathtime, bedtime, getting hurt, getting frustrated, needing to apologize after doing something naughty, and more that readers will relate to. While some hug names included might be unintelligible on their own, Snape’s illustrations provide the needed insight and can act as discussion starters about feelings and empathy. The illustration style itself is sufficient but nothing special, and the full collection of hugs varies in degree of cleverness and execution in both name and illustration.
From After-bathtime hugs to ZZZZ-sleepy hugs, here are many kinds of hugs, from A to Z! A fun and animated cast of animal characters makes this perfect for read-alouds, and the durable format is great for babies and toddlers.
There are LOTS of different types of hugs included in this book! Which was your favorite? Which did you think was the silliest? Are there any new hugs you can try out?
Animals are doing all of the hugging in this book. Did you recognize all the animals? Next time you read through ask an adult to tell you about any animals you don’t already know.
Emily Snape is an author and illustrator who lives in London. She loves being surrounded by books, pencils, notepads and coffee. She lives with her partner and their three lively children, who keep her on her toes and give her lots of inspiration for stories. She is the author of Old MacDonald Had a Baby, illustrated by K-Fai Steele, and also published by Feiwel and Friends. emilysnape.co.uk
For Leon, Fin, and Flo. I love your hugs.