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Can I Give You a Squish?

Written & illustrated by Emily Neilson
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An important lesson on consent for over-exuberant little huggers, nestled inside this lighthearted, summery story about expressions of love and friendship.

Kai is a little mer-boy who’s big on hugs—or “squishes,” as he and his mama call them. But not everyone’s a fan of Kai’s spirited embrace, which he discovers soon after squishing a puffer fish, who swells up in fright! Kai feels awful; but with the help of his friends, he figures out another way to show his affection, and then everyone demonstrates their preferred ways of being greeted. Because, as Kai realizes, “Every fish likes their own kind of squish.”

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Mom of 1. Wife to 1. #1.

An important reminder for young ones (and adult readers) that some friends like to say hi in different ways. A great way to teach kids about their own bodily autonomy.

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Who Wrote Can I Give You a Squish?

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Emily Neilson

Emily Neilson is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, now working at an animation studio in Portland, Oregon. This is her first book.

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Publication Date:
June 9, 2020

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