Bound To Stay Bound

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 I need a hug
 Author: Blabey, Aaron

 Publisher:  Scholastic Press (2019)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [24] p., col. ill., 25 cm

 BTSB No: 122721 ISBN: 9781338297102
 Ages: 3-5 Grades: K

 Stories in rhyme
 Porcupines -- Fiction
 Animals -- Fiction
 Hugging -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction

Price: $20.48

A little porcupine just wants a hug, but all the other animals shy away from his prickly spikes--except for a snake.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: .90
   Points: .5   Quiz: 500047

   Kirkus Reviews (10/15/18)
   Booklist (02/01/19)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 02/01/2019 In this very brief, simple, cozy-sweet addition to the full (but never full enough) shelf of hug-themed picture books, a porcupine’s plaintive request sends a succession of animals fleeing in panic: “I need a hug. Will you cuddle me, Lou?” “What? With those spikes? Get away from me! Shoo!” Eventually, the animals who've all refused a hug come racing back—not because they’ve changed their minds, but because a snake has asked them for a kiss. Coming face-to-face on a wordless spread, snake and porcupine exchange significant glances . . . and snuggle up together. To focus attention on the comically pop-eyed cartoon figures and the rhymed dialogue, which is set in bubbles and printed in informal fonts large enough to be visible halfway across a room, Blabey just adds hints of shadow to otherwise blank, monochrome backgrounds. Laurie Isop’s How Do You Hug a Porcupine? (2011) goes on to consider issues involved in hugging several challenging creatures, and so makes a natural storytime segue. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.

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