The Hug by Eoin McLaughlin

The Hug  by Eoin McLaughlin

Hardcover:           56 pages

Age Range:           3+

Publisher:              Faber & Faber

Hedgehog was feeling sad.

As sad as a hedgehog can feel.

So sad only one thing could help…

Tortoise was feeling sad.

As sad as a tortoise can feel.

So sad only one thing could help…

In this clever flipbook, both a hedgehog and a tortoise are looking for a hug. They ask all the other animals they come across but for some reason no one will hug them. Until a wise owl explains: Hedgehog is too spiky; Tortoise is too bony.


All Hedgehog wants is a hug but he’s just too prickly for any of his animal friends; Tortoise also needs a cuddle but he has a hard shell… What will the two of them do?


This gorgeous little book by Eoin McLaughlin and Polly Dunbar follows the two adorable animals as they head off in search of the perfect hug.

And that’s when they find each other!

A beautiful, heartwarming picture book with all the universal appeal of Guess How Much I Love You.


Each character’s story is told in the two-way book and there will be so many smiles when they eventually meet – and hug – in the middle pages!



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