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