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Friday 30 December 2011

Review: Big Bear Hug

Bear is meandering through the very Canadian-looking forest, overflowing with sentiments of love and good will. In fact, he's so overcome with bliss, he can't help but hug everything he sees.

He hugs rabbits. He hugs mooses (is that the plural?). He hugs skunks, birds and snakes. In fact, nothing is too small, big, stinky or scary for bear to hug. Such is the love.

But what Bear loves to hug very most of all - is trees.
He never met a tree he did not like.

Then one day, whilst hugging a beaver and a tree at the same time, Bear witnesses something horrible. A man. With an axe. Wanting to chop down a tree.

Let's just say the love and peace drains very quickly from that big old Bear. Until . . . he realises that violence is no cure. What he must do is what he does best. Hug.

This book is so cute, you just want to rip that bear off the page and hug it and squeeze it tight. You also want to applaud Nicholas Oldland for taking a heartfelt, sustainability message and creating a charmingly beautiful story, with equally charming and beautiful illustrations.

Cool, contemporary, clever. That's Nicholas Oldland.

Title: Big Bear Hug
Author/Illustrator: Nicholas Oldland
Publisher: Kids Can Press, $23.95 RRP
Publication Date: September 2009
Format: Hard cover
ISBN: 9781554534647
For ages: 3 - 8
Type: Picture Book