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In this bedtime countdown story, lovable little Lucy borrows her mom’s “last hug” and shares it with each family member, promising to return it before she sleeps. Packed with action verbs, Bland’s text is appealingly extended in the scribbly lined mixed-media illustrations, which follow Lucy across the pages as she moves around the house, upstairs and down. As she hugs each successive family member, Lucy observes that each hug is different but “just as nice.” The final spread, displaying the full house, evokes Margaret Wise Brown’s Goodnight Moon in its quiet lull after simple bedtime routines and a full round of good-nights. A sure hit for bedtime, this warm picture book, with its inventive cross section views of domestic life, also encourages spatial recognition. Preschool-Grade 1. --Annie Miller

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"Blackwood's illustrations, full of close observation of the chaotic dishevelment of family life, give this delightful character and warmth." —The Toronto Star

"Blackwood does a masterful job of depicting this family scene." —The Montreal Gazette

"Parents of little ones will appreciate this story book and reflect on the chaos that can reign in a household of little ones just before bedtime." —The Waterloo Record

"This picture-perfect book, by the author of The Very Cranky Bear, will delight kids." —Today's Parent

"The Runaway Hug is a picture book full of warmth and comfort that will engage very young children...Bland's text and Blackwood's illustrations work together to create a warm story about a loving but also imperfect family home that children will be able to relate to." —CM Magazine

"Perfect for bedtime, this lovely book is sure to please both parents and children...Blackwood's beautiful, warm illustrations convey the love between Lucy and the different members of her family, and also accurately depict the reality of a busy family home." —Resource Links --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (December 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044981825X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449818251
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.4 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #868,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Sara VINE VOICE on December 29, 2013
Format: Hardcover
When Lucy's mother gives Lucy her last hug, she promises to keep it safe. As she runs throughout her house, sharing the hug with others and taking it back to pass along to the next person, the hug changes but never loses its magic. When Lucy's dog runs away with the hug, she worries she'll never catch it again, but it will soon be safe and sound with Lucy's mother again! Minimal text with fun and soft illustrations make THE RUNAWAY HUG a great bedtime book!
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In this book, Lucy gets her mom's last available hug before bed. Lucy runs through the house and shares that last hug with each of her family members including the dog. The dog, unfortunately runs away with the hug and Lucy must chase her down to get it back before settling in for the night.

This is a beautiful bed time story full of love. It depicts the chaos of a typical busy family, but shows the thread of love that holds them all together. I love the last scene where all the kids are in bed and mom and dad are on the couch having together time. It makes one want to sigh and say, "That is how it should be..."

The illustrations are colorful and a bit chaotic. This would be a perfect bedtime story to share with any little one.
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We randomly found this at the library at first and quickly fell in love. It's a sweet story with beautiful illustrations, featuring a real-to-life family that looks just like ours. Including the face-licking dog : ) As a parents, I always appreciate a book that we can read 10 times a day and not get tired of.
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Condition as described. The slightest wear in the spine. The story is simple and affectionate. An ideal bed time story, with a goodnight kiss at the end. The illustrations are marvelous! They reveal the lived-in home of a family of six (+the dog!) and a bonus image of the whole household after the children are in bed, complete with parents snuggling on the couch with a breastfeeding baby.
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Fantastic. Cutest little book ever. Grandkids love it. Will be an alltime favorite
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