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Hug Machine

by Scott Campbell

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This book talks about a boy who like to give hugs and calls himself a Hug Machine. This boy hugs everything he sees, soft and hard things, different things that are different shapes and different sizes of things. He cheers up people with his hugs and calms people down.

Ages: 3-5
Source: Pierce County Library System ( )
  Maria_Zaldivar | Mar 7, 2017 |
Illustrations: watercolor. This book is about a little boy who loves to hug whatever comes in his path. He hugs any human, animal, object that he can. He even hugs a porcupine and a whale that never get hugged! At the end of the day, he finds himself very tired because he spent the whole day hugging! Now it's his mom's turn to hug the hug machine. This book is realistic fiction because it is a story that could actually happen. All of the characters involved are humans who only do realistic actions. There is also an apparent theme throughout the book of kindness. Age appropriateness: primary. ( )
  allieburks | Mar 3, 2017 |
A young boy who absolutely loves to hug everyone and everything he encounters chronicles his hugging adventures in this amusing picture-book from author/artist Scott Campbell. "I am the Hug Machine," he declares at the beginning of the book, going on to describes the many different people and objects he has embraced. At the end of a long day of hugging, the boy is quite tired - but not too tired to be hugged himself!

Although not particularly strong as a story - really, it's more a string of hugs, represented in both textual and visual form - The Hug Machine is a picture-book with charm, particularly for children (or their parents) who like to hug. Scott Campbell's artwork, done in watercolor, is quirky and amusing, particularly in its depiction of the reactions of many of the 'Hug Machine's' victims (I mean recipients!). In some ways, this one reminded me of Nicholas Oldland's Big Bear Hug, another amusing picture-book about an over-eager hugger. Recommended to children who enjoy stories with a silly sense of humor, or who love to hug themselves. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Jan 28, 2017 |
On the cover of this large picture book is a simple cartoonish little boy hugging a mailbox. The story begins “Whoa! Here I come! I am the Hug Machine!” The child with the spaghetti like arms and the huge head goes on to explain how wonderful his hug*and how they help everyone and everything around. He is indiscriminate in his hugging. Soft, hard, big, small, spiky, living, inanimate, it doesn’t matter – everyone gets a hug. His hugs are fueled by pizza and when he is exhausted at the end of the day, he gladly receive a hug from his mother.

I love the subtle message of this story. Even the smallest person can make the world a better place by sharing his simple gift, in this case, great hugs.

The illustrations are wonky cute watercolors. They are simple, but expressive, and always humorous.

A delightful book. ( )
  Bonnie_Ferrante | Jul 10, 2016 |
Weird. Retro, what with the cover feature of a mailbox and an inside picture that includes a traffic policeman with whistle (do they exist anywhere anymore??). ?And in these days of 'stranger danger' and 'respect for personal space' I don't know that a little boy could run all over town passing out hugs. ?áStill, the world would be a better place if more of us were hug machines. ?áYay for Campbell (who lives in NYC) for trying to spread the meme.

More hugs for everyone!! ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
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The hug machine is available to hug anyone, any time, whether they are square or long, spikey or soft.

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