From Publishers Weekly
With a name like "Huggly," the humorous hero of Arnold's Huggly Gets Dressed proves none too fearsome, even if he is "The Monster Under the Bed." From the moment he emerges from beneath a "people child's" red blanket, the green-skinned, yellow-stomached Huggly smiles benignly. He tiptoes to the well-lit bathroom, where he scrubs between his toes with the family toothbrushes and douses himself in a white froth of liquid soap and bath water. Covered in bubbles, Huggly is mistaken for a "fluffy white ghost" by a sleepy boy, but the conclusion finds him safely under the bed again, no damage done. Arnold's lively colored-pencil and watercolor images of this spiny-backed dino-frog take the threat out of the bedtime beast; it's impossible to fear a curious, buggy-eyed monster who tastes toothpaste and plays in the tub. Best of all, readers may even feel inclined to bathe after Huggly endorses a slippery combination of shampoo and water: "This is the best slime pit ever!" Ages 3-6.
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2-When the house is dark and quiet, Huggly, a pudgy green monster, crawls out from under the bed to explore and finds his way to the bathroom. He discovers true delight when he falls into the bathtub and accidentally turns on the water. Using lots of bubble bath, he transforms himself into a snow monster, a dragon, and even a ghost. Then the "people child" comes in and Huggly makes his escape in a huff of bubbles. His nighttime adventure will delight preschoolers and early readers alike. Arnold's signature illustrations with lots of colorful squiggles augment the brief text, showing the creature's reaction to tasting soap and his mystification over the "big bowl with a lid." Children will chuckle as Huggly uses the family toothbrushes to clean between his toes. While the tale ends with a whimper rather than a bang, this book will tickle funny bones at storytime and bedtime.Jeanne Clancy Watkins, Chester County Library, Exton, PA
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