Charlene Chua
Charlene Chua

How many hugs is too many? This girl's had enough! This humorous picture book explores compassion and the importance of setting boundaries.

After coughing up a hairball, a girl's cat doesn't feel well. So the girl offers to give her cat a hug, which makes the cat --- and the girl --- feel better. A dog notices and asks for a hug, too. Then some ducks come along asking for hugs. And a skunk . . . and a bear --- and a porcupine! One animal after another comes asking the girl for a hug until she's simply had enough. How much more of this can she take?

With spare text and wonderfully expressive illustrations, Charlene Chua has created a playful, funny picture book with an original premise. The story shows how important hugs can be to our happiness --- even the most unlikely of creatures sometimes need one! --- but that doesn't mean they're always welcome. The book is full of laugh-out-loud moments, most of which are found in illustrations that vividly portray the girl's emotions as she grows more worn out with every encounter, encouraging visual literacy. Each spread also shows a hint of the animal that will appear next, building anticipation for what's to come. There are character education connections here to compassion, tolerance and empathy, and a terrific opportunity for discussions about boundaries.

978-1-5253-0206-0 | Sep 1, 2020
List Price: USD $16.99, CAD $17.99
4-color 9 x 9 32 pages
Grades: PreSchool To 2 / Ages: 3 to 7
978-1-5253-0592-4 | Sep 1, 2020
List Price: USD $9.99, CAD $9.99

Awards & Reviews

“This silly romp is sure to elicit giggles while promoting emotional intelligence.”
— Kirkus Reviews, June 2020
“... an excellent choice for home libraries for children and their caregivers to discuss emotions, feelings, and setting limits.”
— CM Magazine, September 2020
“Chua does grant our protagonist plenty of room to resist unwanted affection, a sentiment that is sure to hit home for listeners who aren't as physically demonstrative as others, but the book will also please those who just want a lot of goofy hugging.”
— The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, August 2020
“A cheerful, funny, and timely story that belongs in all collections.”
— School Library Journal, October 2020
“... a clever approach at setting boundaries, a humorous tone, and a situation many kids will see themselves in.”
— Book Riot, April 2022
2020 - Best Canadian Picture Books of 2020, CBC Books, Winner

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