Hug Machine

16 Oct


Hug Machine written and illustrated by Scott Campbell (2014)

The Hug Machine is very good at hugging, the best! He goes around town cheering people up, calming them down, or just driving them nuts with his hugs. He doesn’t just hug people he hugs trees, park benches, bears, rocks, even snakes.   But, can he hug a porcupine? Or a whale? Yes, he can! He refuels with pizza and hugs until he’s exhausted. Just when he can’t hug one more thing, he receives a hug… “Hug Machine is always open for business.”

Scott Campbell shows us the openness and love of one little boy through text and pictures. The sweet little face of the boy no the cover is quiet and sincere with every single hug. And the faces of the people and animals he hugs are happy, surprised, touched, and even a little apprehensive about the unsolicited hugs.

One of my favorite lines is, “Hug Accomplished!” Scott Campbell accomplished more than just creating a picture book. He also created an atmosphere of honest acceptance of everyone and everything in the boy’s world. What a great message to give our little readers.

5 Responses to “Hug Machine”

  1. orthodoxmom3 October 20, 2014 at 9:49 PM #

    This sounds darling and I’ll be looking for it!


  2. writersideup October 19, 2014 at 4:57 PM #

    You know, when I was at Barnes last week I saw this on the shelf, but hadn’t picked it up. I was confused by the cover, I think : / I was wondering what a mailbox had to do with anything, thinking maybe receiving a letter is like a hug? (Well, it can be 🙂 ) Anyway, next time I’ll actually read it. Thanks for the review, Juliana 🙂


    • Juliana Lee October 19, 2014 at 5:29 PM #

      Hope you do! It’s a sweet, sweet book with nothing but hugs!


  3. Patricia Tilton October 16, 2014 at 12:01 PM #

    What a lovely story about the compassion and unconditional love of a child. It’s so organic in kids. This sounds like a quiet and reflective book to use with children.


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