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Thursday 15 December 2016

Review: Hug this Book!

An addition to the latest craze of books about books--a truly glorious topic in its own right--the legendary Barney Saltzberg continues to delight young readers with a lolloping rhyming tale about all the glorious things you can do with a stack of pages bound with a spine (hint: SO MUCH!).

You can read a book to a hippo. That's right. You can read it in the bath, and can even read while being tickled.

You can also hug and kiss and smell a book (I'm guilty!), read it upside down, and wrap it up to keep it warm. Yes, books are like little people. They feel things, too.

Splashed over page after page of divine uncoated paper (matte), a tribe of adorable kids take their books on adventures, from the comfiest couch to the tippety-top of skyscrapers, bringing these deceptively inanimate objects to life. Fred Benaglia's superbly-crafted, retro illustrations (complete with matching colour palette) are a joy, dancing beautifully with the inspirational text.

Told with characteristic humour, Hug this Book! is a story that will have kids giggling and pondering the endless wonders of bookish friendship. After all, if a book is not a true friend, what is?

Title: Hug this Book!
Author: Barney Saltzberg
Illustrator: Fred Benaglia
Publisher: Phaidon, $24.95
Publication Date: 17 October 2016
Format: Hard cover with dust jacket
ISBN: 9780714872841
For ages: 2 - 6
Type: Picture Book