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Group Hug - Jean Reidy/Joey Chou
  • November 2021
  • Age 3+
  • Size: 280 x 229mm
  • Extent: 32pp
  • PB: £7.99: ISBN: 978-1-912650-84-2
  • Territory: World excluding USA & Can
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Group Hug

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Jean Reidy Click here for biography

Joey Chou Click here for biography

GROUP HUG read by Jenny Hawke of Bromley LibrariesGROUP HUG read by Jenny Hawke of Bromley Libraries

There once was a slug needing someone to hug.
Along came a beetle, a lonely ol' bug.
"You need a hug? I have one," said Slug,
"to keep your heart snug!"

As more and more dejected animals come along they are each invited to join the group hug which gets bigger and bigger. But will they dare include a scary-looking bear?

The story is told in catchy verse full of irresistible internal rhyme and rhythm, making it the perfect read-aloud book to cheer up any child - or adult - who is feeling blue. Full of empathy and kindness, with a message of acceptance and affection, the art is adorable with huggable characters and vibrant nature scenes.

Praise for this book:

'Jean Reidy captures the poignancy of getting close together again with friends and family in this charming, cheering picture book … Group Hug is both an endearing bedtime read and the perfect celebration of friendship, community affection and togetherness. A book hug for all the family to enjoy!' Lancashire Evening Post

'This delightful picture book encourages kindness and goes to show that a hugger finds happiness alongside the hugged! … The clear message about inclusivity and kindness has been perfect for our assembly to mark the introduction of Anti Bully Week 2021 with its theme - 'One Kind Word.' Another great addition to our library.' 5/5 stars' Reading Zone

'Rhyming and lyrical, this makes for a wonderful read aloud while the listener can become absorbed in the delightful illustrations.' My Shelves are Full

'The bright vibrant illustrations will be useful to discuss in circle time with children in nursery and EYFS. It will also make for a soothing bedtime story for the under 4s.' School Reading List

'This charming book is one great big hug in book format. What do we love about this book? Well, we love the jaunty rhyming text, the message of kindness and inclusivity, the captivating illustrations.' @bookishwaytoplay



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