A gift from an old friend, and, incidentally the same Mom who introduced The Gruffalo to Spud (us), this Hugless Douglas book is a joy to read as Spud’s bedtime story.
It’s about a huggable, lovable young brown bear who was in need of a big hug. He went all over the woods looking for a hug, and none of which seem quite right for him. The ending is, of course, quite predictable (and something that I find to be appropriate for a Mother who has once been rejected!)
Spud’s memory is incredible; as after 4 days of nightly bedtime reading, she could already memorize almost the entire book by hard!
I feel like Spud and me bonded a little bit more ever since I started reading this particular book to her before her bedtime. Her resistance towards me has lessened, and has lately, stopped insisting that Silver Bullet read to her like she usually does if given a choice. She now seems to genuinely enjoy the fact that I am reading it to her.
The book is fun, and it makes her laugh to no end; with lots of cuddle time to take advantage of. The illustrations of dopey looking bear, leaves with eyes and legs as well as frightened, annoyed sheeps running away from the lovable bear are pretty neat too.
At the end of the book are illustrations of the various types of hugs; from tummy hug to upside-down hug to group hug. Most of which that makes Spud laughs like there is no tomorrow. For Spud, she “only wants the Big Hug” (quote unquote) and occasionally asks for the upside-down hug when she is in a playful mood.
I can only thank Lawwie’s mom for giving the book to Spud as a gift. Thank you, Fi – this has been a really great gift!