Picture Book Review – I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug!

I'm Going to Give You a Bear Hug! cover

I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug!
Author: Caroline B. Cooney
Illustrator: Tim Warnes
ISBN: 9780310754732
Publisher: Zonderkidz; 1st Edition edition (December 27, 2016)
Age Range: 4 – 8 years
Grade Level: Preschool – 3

Amazon Synopsis : I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug!, written by bestselling author Caroline B. Cooney, is a playful and comforting bedtime book that imagines all the wonderful ways a child might give and receive a hug.

Whether it’s a big bear, gasp for air, knock over a chair hug or a wet and drippy, slimy, slippy fish hug, children will giggle their way through all the imaginative examples. Cooney’s sweet and simple rhymes encourage playful interaction between parent and child and ultimately help them wind down before they snuggle into bed and drift off to sleep.

My thoughts

I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug! is a delightful read – a perfect reason to snuggle up on the couch for a little quality time with your child or grandchild. Written in rhyme, the melodic tone shines throughout the pages as the little boy (with no name) hugs various types of animals such as a bear, a cat, a dog – even a horse and a fish. Little Boy’s excitement as he gives hugs to all of these animals is contagious and kids will easily want to act out the story right along with him. It might be a good idea to put the cat or dog (or horse or fish) in a different room!

The writing in “I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug! is phenomenal – the rhyming is on tempo, the wording clever, concise and entertaining! As shown in the picture below:

” I’m going to give you a dog hug.
A knock over chairs,
Chase up the stairs,
And sleep like a log hug.”

I'm Going to Give You a Bear Hug!

The pictures are the perfect compliment to the story, telling their own story, as pictures do – with bright colors, endearing animals and a whimsical, care-free little boy whose playful disposition exudes love, happiness and tenderness. In every picture his actions seem to say, “I love you.”

I give 5 stars to I’m Going to Give you a Bear Hug! by Caroline B. Cooney.

About Caroline B. Cooney

Caroline B. Cooney is the bestselling author of teen suspense, mystery, and romance novels that have sold over 15,000,000 copies and are published in several languages. Of all her books, she is best known for the young adult novel The Face on the Milk Carton that has sold over 3,000,000 copies and was made into a television movie.  — (Bio from her Amazon Author page).

Review Copy

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