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Who Wants A Hug?

Author-illustrator Jeff Mack introduces two new hilarious characters—Bear and Skunk! Everyone likes hugs, especially when Bear gives them! Everyone, that is, except for Skunk. Bear really gets on Skunk's nerves. He's too happy . . . and he's always giving way too many hugs! Skunk has the perfect plan to keep Bear from giving any more hugs. Will it work? Similar to characters like Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd and Tom and Jerry, Bear and Skunk are sure to make young readers laugh in this fun read-aloud!

Hardcover: 40 pages

Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 edition (January 6, 2015)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0062220268

ISBN-13: 978-0062220264

Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches

Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)

Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Age Range: 4 - 8 years

Grade Level: Preschool - 3

All the forest animals want a big bear hug from happy go lucky Bear! Well, everyone except Skunk. Bear keeps offering them when it looks like he might need one and Skunk keeps resisting. Bear starts to get on Skunk’s nerves so Skunk devises a plan to get extra stinky and keep him away for good! He pulls out his suitcase of “Super Stinky Tricks” – smelly fish, rotting garbage – enough stink to keep any Bear away…right?As an adult reader, I dare you not to be hooked on this children’s book with the first page; I laughed out loud to “free slugs” every time I read the book. Bear is so overwhelmingly sweet and cheerful, you love him but you also quickly grow to love grouchy skunk!The big and happy drawings are refreshingly old-school cartoon-like. This book was so classically fun it made me feel like I did when I spent Saturday mornings watching the roadrunner cartoons! The signs, the fact that every trick that Skunk tries to pull on Bear just seem to come back to bite him, all perfectly hilarious, all made me feel like I am sharing a slice of my childhood with my daughter. She loves the big drawings, the happy faces, loved all the hugging, all the resisting, all the hyjinx from Skunk. Your kid will get a kick out of this book, I highly recommend adding it to your bookshelf! Read more at

This book has an amazing message! The bear never gets his feelings hurt when they skunk refuses his hugs. This is easy enough for a bear but very hard for a child and an important lesson to learn. Every time the skunk refuses, the bear smiles and says, "I'll save you one for later". The language gets a little strong, for some kids, as far as saying "you stink" and that kind of thing but I just modified it as I read it. Overall, I would definitely recommend it!

This is a silly picture book that features a bear and a skunk. The bear loves to hug and keeps asking if he can hug the skunk, but the skunk refuses. The skunk is actually quite mischievous and after a trick backfires the bear finally gives him a hug. It has great illustrations in it and is not overly long, perfect for a bedtime story.

Why I liked this book- I know this may surprise you, as I [normally] am not the hugging type of guy, but I really liked this book. Mr. Mack has written and illustrated a funny, cute story about how a skunk doesn’t like that a bear is liked more. I like Skunk’s top hat. :) The story is really nice, and would make a great read-aloud. The pictures are warm and fuzzy (there are a bunch of woodland creatures – why WOULDN’T it be fuzzy? ;) ) and make you smile. To me, it feels like a fairy-tale a bit, mostly because Skunk has a top hat (I WANT that top hat!!!). Mr. Mack has written another great story. There is humor throughout the book that will make little kids laugh and big kids chuckle!*NOTE* I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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