From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1–In Hugville, every grade school teacher has a Ph.D.–Professional Hugging Degree. The cheerful man with a face like a mustachioed blue egg is the mayor, and he's conducting a hometown hug tour: The Octopus Hug's where you wrap someone up,/As if each of your toes had its own suction cup./Take all of your limbs, multiply them by two,/And pretend you are hugging down in the deep blue. Murray's cartoon art is a feast of exaggerations. A goggle-eyed azure cat flies through the air during a Tornado Hug; a perplexed purple hound wields an umbrella against a downpour of fleas. People are orange, pink, gold, and green, as are animals, streets, trees, and sky. Unfortunately, the meter in the text can be bumpy and the phrasing gawky. Also, the parenthetical comments are hard to see. However, these are minor complaints in the larger context of irrepressible warmth.–Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY
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