Title: I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug!
Author: Caroline B. Cooney
Illustrator: Tim Warnes
“I’m going to give you a bear hug. A gasp for air, all you dare, anything that’s fair hug,” Caroline B. Cooney rhymes in her children’s book, I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug!
~ What ~
This unnumbered thirty-two-page over-sized hardbound targets children four to eight years old, especially those who like a bedtime story about the way animals hug and love. With no scary scenes, it has a plethora of hugs by animals that are broadly and colorfully illustrated on every page.
From a dog, cat, horse, duck, pig, fish, whale, bug, and sheep to a bear, a little boy is shown the many types of hugs given. Sometimes the pictures involve a mother showing how much she cares, helping him take a bath, or tucking him in bed. It is a book that promotes hugging and loving.
~ Why ~
This is a calm book that shows many animals and how they supposedly give a hug based on their known characteristics. I like how the illustrations are large, colorful and vivid, yet detailed with the bear’s tiny stuffed teddy bear drawn into each animal scene.
~ Why Not ~
Since the book is aimed at four to eight-year-olds, it may be too sophomoric for the older children. Beginner readers may have some issue with the harder words.
~ Who ~
The author of ninety novels for young adults, Cooney has sold over fifteen million books. This is her first picture book, based on writing for her children when they were young. Warnes has been an illustrator for over twenty years and lives in England with his family.
~ Wish ~
Although a Christian company publishes the book, this book does not mention God; it only mentions praying when tucked in bed. I wish it included God in the dialogue somehow and His love for us.
~ Want ~
If your child likes a calming bedtime story that includes many animals giving hugs, this is a viable option that could be read often.
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