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Mar 02 2020

Big hug, little mouse by Lisa Kerr

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Walker Books, 2020. ISBN: 9781760651107. 32pp.
(Age: 3+) Recommended. Melbourne author/illustrator Lisa Kerr has added another charming picture book to her growing number of publications. Hugs galore feature in this book about the different types of hugs to be had. Millie has had a wealth of experience in sampling different hugs and relates them all in this book. Included are the l'm-happy-to-see-you hug, the I'm-Sorry hug and the Goodbye hug, to name a few. But when Millie loses her hug, how can she find it again. She becomes anxious and worried that her lost hug is nowhere to be found. But in asking some of her friends, she is hugged back into feeling better. A good hug is all that is needed.
This is a story about giving hugs, getting hugs and making sure the people that matter most to you know they're loved. It is about giving and receiving and the positive nature of hugs for both the giver and receiver, particularly when one is unhappy or anxious.
And Millie's world is populated with an array of different animals that children will search for within a richly illustrated world with plenty of detail to keep their minds actively engaged. Kerr's watercolour illustrations are a treat for younger readers, seeing themselves in Millie's bedroom getting ready for bed with her pyjamas and bed toys, hugged by her parents, smiling towards a good night's sleep. Contentment reigns.
I think this book would make a great read aloud, where everyone can practise their hugs and talk about the different types of hugs given and received. Themes: Mice, Love, Hugs.
Fran Knight

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