|Don't hug Doug : (he doesn't like it)|
Author: Finison, Carrie
Doug prefers not to be hugged, but there are a variety of other ways his loved ones can show him affection.
Kirkus Reviews (+) (10/15/20)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (12/01/20)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 06/01/2021 A simple, effective plea to respect other people’s boundaries is here set in a comical framework. The narrator argues on behalf of Doug, a boy who does not like to be hugged (high fives are OK, though), using a Green Eggs and Ham–like rhyme-and-repetition scheme, telling readers at the outset that they can hug a pug or a bug or a slug, “but don’t hug Doug.” Doug speaks up for himself, too, saying things like “No hugs, please,” and “Seriously, no hugs.” The bright, flat, funny illustrations include plenty of cartoony kids, and, as the narrator explains why Doug doesn’t like hugs, Doug illustrates this with his own pencil drawing of two robots trying to hug—hugs are too “squeezy, squooshy, squashy, smooshy.” The narrator extends the argument out by showing people on a park bench: Can you hug them? The answer is a firm, “Ask first.” A fun way to deliver the truth of different strokes for different folks. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.