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Nobody Hugs a Cactus Hardcover – Picture Book, April 16, 2019

4.8 out of 5 stars 275 ratings

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"Dominated by subtle earth tones true to its desert setting, spare yet emotive watercolor art reveals how the cactus, with a small act of kindness, disproves the book’s title. In wryly understated words and pictures, Goodrich delivers a tale that is equally charming and droll—and a smart pick for cranky kids." - Publishers Weekly

"The sweet message of the power of a simple hug is only amplified by Goodrich’s soft, muted watercolors, the expressive facial features and body language of the little cactus, and the exaggerated profiles of the jack rabbit, the coyote, and the cowboy as they move across double-page spreads. This title will be an appealing read aloud as well as a perfect title to read when learning about the desert." - School LIbrary Connection

"Beautifully watercolors that capture the golden sands and sky fluctuating between peach-strawberry sunsets and crisp blue afternoons....Goodrich (We Forgot Brock!, 2015) delivers a funny story underscored by themes of friendship and kindness. An excellent storytime pick." - Booklist

About the Author

Carter Goodrich has illustrated sixteen New Yorker covers and was the lead character designer for Brave, Ratatouille (for which he won the International Animated Film Society’s Annie Award for character design), and Despicable Me. He has designed characters for many other beloved animated films, including Finding NemoMonsters, Inc; and Open Season. Of the films he has worked on, four have gone on to win Academy Awards. A Rhode Island School of Design graduate, he has twice been awarded the gold medal from the Society of Illustrators in New York. His picture books include We Forgot Brock!Say Hello to Zorro!Zorro Gets an OutfitMister Bud Wears the ConeA Creature Was Stirring, and The Hermit Crab. Carter lives in Los Angeles, California. Be sure to visit Carter at

Product details

  • Lexile Measure : 540L
  • Grade Level : Preschool - 3
  • Item Weight : 1.1 pounds
  • Hardcover : 48 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1534400900
  • ISBN-10 : 1534400907
  • Publisher : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Illustrated Edition (April 16, 2019)
  • Product Dimensions : 10 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Reading level : 4 - 8 years
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.8 out of 5 stars 275 ratings