Hug This Book! by Barney Saltzberg, illustrated by Fred Benaglia
(Phaidon) HB RRP $24.95 ISBN 9780714872841
Reviewed by Stephanie Ward
In this delightful picture book, children are invited to imagine all the things you could do with their very favourite book. From reading it upside down to giving it a hug or sharing it with friends, young readers involve their book in an array of situations. There’s almost nothing you can’t do with a book and nowhere a book can’t go!
Sometimes silly, other times thoughtful, the story is both humorous and sincere as it explores the love of a book. With easy-to-read rhymes and appealing retro illustrations, Hug This Book! is a story to read over and over again.
Saltzberg creates a heartfelt ode to books with his clever, whimsical rhymes. While Benaglia’s illustrations are bold and colourful putting the book and its readers at centre stage.
Engaging, simple and satisfying, this charming book will appeal to book-lovers of every age.
Phaidon also provides a wonderful activity pack for early learners aged 3 – 5: http://www.phaidon.com/resource/hugthisbookpack-uk2.pdf.