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Author: Christophe Loupy

Illustrator: Eve Tharlet

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Publisher: North-South Books, ©2001

Material: hard cover

Summary: Hugs, a puppy, wakes up early one morning and decides he wants to ‘find out something.’ He walks around the farm and out into the fields asking the animals he meets to share a kiss with him. In the end, he decides there’s only one kiss he loves best. An excellent story for curious little minds who want to ‘touch’ everything as they learn.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 4; read yourself: 6 to 8

Interest Level: 1 to 3

Age of Child: Read with child nearly 2 years old.

Young Reader Reaction: S/He loved the book in the store and "read" it several times. Once home, we never got past the third or fourth page before hearing "the end."

Adult Reader Reaction: Despite several oft-repeated phrases, the story is cute and heartwarming.

Pros: The story is cute and goes right to the heart of a toddler’s interests: Let me see! Hugs’ wanderings also offer an opportunity to talk about family v. strangers.

Cons: Some of the phrasing (page after page) gets tedious.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow at first to see if you like the ending, too. More than likely, you’ll end up buying it. It’s a good book to keep in mind as a gift.


Educational Themes: Hugs’ wanderings offer parents the opportunity to talk about being polite (e.g., greetings), wandering/going astray, strangers and sharing affection.

Literary Categories: Fiction - animal stories, picture book, adventure

Date(s) Reviewed: October 2003

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