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Hug Machine – A Picture Book about Friendship

I have a theory.

The world is divided into two types of people: huggers and non-huggers.

I have a friend who is a hugger. She plows her way through life with great enthusiasm, arms wide open. The question “to hug or not to hug” would never cross her mind. If she sees you, you’re getting a great big bear hug. No questions asked.

The main character in Hug Machine by Scott Campbell would get along well with my friend.

Meet the Hug Machine

The Hug Machine hugs everything and everyone, spreading friendship, caring, and cheer wherever he goes. There is nothing the Hug Machine will not hug is his mantra.

Hug Machine - A Friendship Picture Book Review

The Hug Machine won’t let any unhuggable obstacle stand in his way. He hugs a turtle, a bear, and the postman. He even finds a way to hug a whale who is sure he’s too big to be hugged.

Then he meets a prickly porcupine. “What about me? I am so spiky. No one ever hugs me.”

Hug Machine - A Friendship Picture Book Review

Some people just don’t make themselves very huggable, do they? But that doesn’t matter to the Hug Machine.

Hug Machine - A Friendship Picture Book Review

After dispensing hugs all day, our hero is completely worn out. He slumps to the floor … and then what do you think his mother does? You’ll have to read the book to find out. But beware—after reading this book, you may want to hug someone, too.

What about you—are you a hugger?

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Donald

says:

Sounds wonderful fun!

Kathi Wilson

says:

Very cute! Main character reminds me of my 3 yr. old grandson.

Robin E.

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Kathi,
Awww! Your grandson must be such a sweety!

Donald

says:

I really like the book reviews!D

Kelly

says:

Thanks for the review. This looks like a great Valentines day gift for my son. He is definitely a hugger!

Chelsea

says:

Very cute! I’m a hugee… I don’t often initiate hugging, but I don’t shy away from it when it comes at me! :)

Danielle

says:

What a wonderful book! Showing compassion & love, things an ever learning mind always needs to see and learn! Thank you for sharing this.-Sincerely Danielle

Wendy lambert

says:

love love love this book. I give it a big hug!!!

Becky

says:

This sounds like such a cute book.

Sara S.

says:

This is such a great book! My daughter would love this book. She is a hugger and makes friends wherever she goes.

What a cute story book. I am a hugger! This book is perfect for our family.

Cathy

says:

I love hugs! Giving and receiving. Looks like a great book. Can’t wait to read it!

Sara R

says:

What a sweet looking story. I know my kiddos would love it. I think I used to be more of a hugger than I am now. I think I miss hugging more than I realize. I seem to recall a saying that everyone needs 8 hugs a day to fulfill some sort of need.

Amy Krohn

says:

Cute book! I’m sometimes a hugger. Thanks for sharing it!

Vickie Brammer

says:

Love AAS! and being able to use it with multiple ages is a huge plus in our homeschool.

steph j

says:

Cute book!

Heidi K

says:

Sounds like a cute book. Sadly, I’m in the non-hugger group.

Kendra Ahlborn

says:

There’s still time, Heidi! There’s still time! :)

Mandy

says:

Great read. Thanks

Sarah

says:

Cute! Thanks for sharing!

Paula G

says:

This looks like such a great book! Thanks for sharing!

Chaundra

says:

What a sweet book!

Anne Kerr

says:

Sounds like a wonderful book to encourage kids and adults alike to ‘share the love’! Our society has become so “hands off” that it is refreshing to see a book encourage a warm embrace. Does a body good too! There is nothing like a warm hug!

Julesbda

says:

What an adorable book! This will be a fabulous read for one of my little ones and maybe a reminder for my older students to be open for a hug at times when you really need it. I love your All about Reading programme and have been using it with one of my students!

Jessica

says:

This sounds like a great book for Valentine’s Day. I know a little guy who will love it! Thanks for the suggestion!

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