Hug Me

Hug Me

Book - 2014
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Ever feel like you need a hug, a really big hug from someone? That's how Felipe the young cactus feels, but his family just isn't the touchy-feely kind. Cactuses can be quite prickly sometimes you know . . . and so can Felipe. But he'll be darned if this one pointy issue will hold him back, so one day Felipe sets off on his own to find a friend and just maybe, that long awaited hug.
Publisher: London ;, New York :, Flying Eye Books,, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781909263499
1909263494
Branch Call Number: E FIC CIRA
Characteristics: 30 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 22 x 30 cm

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mmcbeth29
Apr 12, 2015

Felipe is a cactus from a family of cacti who care more about looks and social status. He is taught to keep himself away from others. He really wants a hug, but of course no one notices. He asks for hugs outside of the family, but this only leads to trouble (a creepy looking balloon ends up in hospital from cactus damage). So he decides to leave and look for a new family. This doesn't work out since no one wants him. Then he chooses to live on his own and not let anyone near. Until he hears crying. It is a young rock. Felipe knows what to do and offers a hug.

The illustrations appear to be done in colored pencil. It gives it a looks that makes you think a child drew the story in crayon.

I was very sad at the end of this story. Felipe is a child who is unloved by his family. His family looks down on him. So he decides to run away. No one else wants him either. So, in the end, I am supposed to feel happy because he can finally get a hug from a rock? The resolution wasn't enough for me to stop feeling angry and sad about Felipe's horrible family. The little rock is also from a family that doesn't care for him. I do not see the positive message in this story for children. The message I got was, if your family sucks, find someone else with a family that sucks and give them a hug. This is a great message for older children and teens, not young children who want to feel safe within the arms of their family. I believe the story had good intentions, but was not able to deliver.

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