Thursday, September 18, 2014

Hug Machine - a book review

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Today's featured book:

Title:  Hug Machine
Author and Illustrator:  Scott Campbell
Ages:  3+

Peeking inside is always fun eh?

About this fun book:

"My hugs calm people down.
They cheer them up.
They make them go completely nuts!
I am the Hug Machine!"

An adorable, unnamed little boy, with extended arms that were created to be wrapped around everything he meets up with, will steal your heart and wish that you too could receive his hug gifts. He so freely dispenses to everyone and everything in his world.  His eyes close in ecstasy as he cuddles, squeezes and wraps himself around people, objects and family.  No one or thing is off limits to this embracing little guy.  His irresistible charm draws people to him and in so doing their hearts open up to receive from the mighty Hug Machine. He hugs trees, rocks, mailboxes.... hey.....if you are in his path, then you are fair game for a cuddle clasp.

This is author/illustrator Scott Campbell's debut book. The illustrations created in muted-toned watercolours are calming and soothing - painting a perfect ambiance for a tight, snuggly hug.  The expressions and actions of the little boy are so ably depicted in the many details that the text does not convey in print.  The Hug Machine brings peace, love and serenity to his world and if we would follow his example what a wonderful world it would be.

About the author/illustrator:

Scott Campbell’s paintings have appeared in numerous shows and publications around the world. He has created award-winning comics, such as “Igloo Head and Tree Head,” which appeared in the Flight anthology, and is the illustrator of Zombie in Love and Zombie in Love 2 + 1 by Kelly DiPucchio; East Dragon, West Dragon by Robyn Eversole; and If Dogs Run Free by Bob Dylan. Scott lives in New York City. Visit him at - See more at:

Book Review Rating:  8 (Fantastic!)

Hug O' War

a poem by the late Shel Silverstein
[Author of A Light in the Attic]

I will not play at tug o' war

I'd rather play at hug o' war,

Where everyone hugs

Instead of tugs

Where everyone giggles

And rolls on the rug,

Where everyone kisses

And everyone grins

And everyone cuddles

And everyone wins.

Shel Silverstein, the gifted and versatile favorite of children and adults, died suddenly in May, 1999. This profound poem comments on violence and love from a child's perspective, clearly expressing the preference for and goodness of one over the other. A generous but subtle gift is found in the last line. It is the profit shared through cooperation which is denied at least half of us when we compete.
"Hug O' War" is borrowed from Where the Sidewalk Ends: the poems & drawings of Shel Silverstein, published by Harper & Row Junior Books, 10 East 53rd Street, New York, N.Y. 10022. Copyright © 1974 by Evil Eye Music, Inc.

Read on and read always.  Go hug someone today.  

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