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Group Hug

Jean Reidy, Joey Chou (Illustrator)


List Price: 18.99*
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There once was a slug, / needing someone to hug.

When Slug happens upon a lonely beetle, he knows just what to do. He gives him a big hug—and then the two friends decide to pass it along. They meet Mouse, who's down in the dumps, Skunk, who's a bit smelly, and more and more animals, until their group hug stretches wide and tall. But when Bear comes along, will there be enough hug to share? This delightful picture book encourages kindness and goes to show "that a hugger finds happiness 'longside the hugged!"

Praise For Group Hug

"[A] sweetly endearing charmer, highlighting kindness . . . Readers will embrace this captivating winner." —Kirkus Review, starred review

"Together, text and art radiate a sense of unalloyed communal joy." —Publishers Weekly

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 9781250127105, 32pp.

Publication Date: December 14, 2021

About the Author

Jean Reidy is the author of several picture books . . . with many more on the way! She is a two-time winner of the Colorado Book Award (for Light Up the Night and Time Out for Monsters) and lives right across the street from her local library, which she visits nearly every day.

Joey Chou was born in Taiwan and moved to sunny California in his early teens. There he received his BFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Joey works by day as a visual development artist on feature animated films, and by night as a picture book illustrator. He has illustrated such books as Group Hug, When the Snow Is Deeper Than My Boots Are Tall, Ruby's Chinese New Year, Monster & Son, and Disney Parks Presents: It's A Small World.