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The Runaway Hug

By Nick Bland   Illustrated by Freya Blackwood   

Scholastic Canada Ltd | ISBN 9781443113694 Hardcover
32 Pages | 9.31" x 11.32" | Ages 3 to 7

A heartwarming, cozy story that celebrates family affection and the importance of giving back a hug.

When Lucy's mother gives Lucy the last hug she has, Lucy promises to give it back, but first she must share it with everyone in the house — Dad, the twins, the baby and even her dog, Annie.

Along the way, the hug changes — it becomes stronger, bigger, a bit slobbery, peanut-buttery, and at one point it even runs away on her. But it always comes back to her and it's always nice.

With charming affirmations of love on every page, parents and their children will love Freya Blackwood's simply adorable illustrations and the familiar scenes of a slightly chaotic household just before bedtime.

Raves & reviews:

Praise for The Runaway Hug

"Blackwood's illustrations, full of close observation of the chaotic dishevelment of family life, give this delightful character and warmth." —The Toronto Star

"Blackwood does a masterful job of depicting this family scene." —The Montreal Gazette

"Parents of little ones will appreciate this story book and reflect on the chaos that can reign in a household of little ones just before bedtime." —The Waterloo Record

"This picture-perfect book, by the author of The Very Cranky Bear, will delight kids." —Today's Parent

"The Runaway Hug is a picture book full of warmth and comfort that will engage very young children...Bland's text and Blackwood's illustrations work together to create a warm story about a loving but also imperfect family home that children will be able to relate to." —CM Magazine

"Perfect for bedtime, this lovely book is sure to please both parents and children...Blackwood's beautiful, warm illustrations convey the love between Lucy and the different members of her family, and also accurately depict the reality of a busy family home." —Resource Links