Hugs & Kisses for the Grouchy Ladybug

Eric Carle. HarperCollins, $9.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-06-283568-0
In his trademark collages, Carle welcomes back a classic character whose grumpy mood is evident in her downturned mouth. Other animal friends act out their positive responses to the offer of “hugs and kisses.” A green alligator smiles, a blue seal claps its flippers, and giraffes “stand tall.” Hugs and kisses make a chameleon blush pink, while a donkey kicks up its heels. All of the animals welcome affection—will the ladybug? On the final two spreads, the ladybug’s frown transforms into a gentle smile: “even a grouchy ladybug... needs hugs and kisses too.” Readers who don’t tend to welcome physical attention, however, especially without consent, may disagree. Ages 4–8. (Dec.)
Reviewed on: 11/12/2018
Release date: 12/01/2018
Genre: Children's
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