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Hugging Hour!

3.37 of 5 stars 3.37  ·  rating details  ·  38 ratings  ·  13 reviews
To Drool, it feels like her mom and dad have been gone an awfully long time. So long that she can hardly taste the fried ice cream Grandma made for dinner, or enjoy hide-and-seek with Kip, Grandma?s pet chicken. Not even playing dress up, having a whole snuggly hugging hour with Grandma, or getting to put the sprinkles on the triple-decker cupcakes can put a smile on Drool ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 22nd 2009 by Philomel
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This is a wonderful first sleepover at Grandmas house book. It is all about this fun time she is having but with moments of missing her Mom and Dad. Grandma is wonderful in this book patient and there when she is needed. The illustrations are cute and I kept going back to see what grandmas pet chicken was doing. Ages 3+
Aileen Leijten’s picture book Hugging Hour! is not to be read without sweets on hand. So it is a good thing that Leijten provides recipes for a few of the foods in the book. This is a great book for grandparent’s who are having their young grandchild over for the night, especially if the child is one who has a hard time staying away from home. And maybe this is a good one for parents, to reassure them that just because grandma’s is a place for spoiling, the child still misses their parents and w ...more
This is a sweet book to read to children during bedtime or in a small group Drool (her real name is Drew) was worried that her parent are not going to come back, but she was at Grandma's house. Grandma had distract Drool by hugging her for one hour. Then comes dinner: fried ice cream, marzipan shortcake, porky-pine chocolate truffles and Belgian waffles! Drool goes to bed still missing her parents, but wakes up the next morning to Grandma's double caramel pancakes and playing dress in Grandma's ...more
Drool (her real name is Drew, but she prefers Drool)is worried that her parents won't come back and get her at Grandma's house. Grandma soon distracts Drool with one whole hour of hugging. Then comes dinner: fried ice cream, marzipan shortcake, porky-pine chocolate truffles and Belgian waffles! After dinner, Grandma begins to knit the longest sock Drool has ever seen, then they read a book together. Grandma only keep one eye open at a time, to let the other rest she tells Drool. Drool goes to be ...more
Robert Beveridge
Aileen Leijten, Hugging Hour! (Philomel Books, 2009)

Cute tale about a young girl's first sleepover at Grandma's and the separation anxiety that brings. Grandma has a masterful hand of distractions up her sleeve, and she doles them out one by one. Part of me wonders how much this book is really for kids and how much it's for parents (or grandparents), but warm, inviting illustrations and gentle prose should be an equal delight for both. ***
I really wanted to like this one more than I did. The illustrations are whimsical and while I thought I would love them, they ended up just not being my cup of tea--I admire the creativity, though. The story itself was also a tad lackluster for me; I just didn't feel enough of the grandmother's motivations and wanted something more from the conclusion. But, still, maybe it was just me; I can't quite put my finger on why I didn't have a stronger positive response.
As a parent, I didn't like this book for my boys (ages 4 & 8). A mother and father dropped their daughter off at her grandma's house. It's obvious they didn't tell her she was having her first sleepover. Instead, Drool (the girl) spent the entire day and night feeling abandoned and saying she's now an orphan.
This is a cute story about a girl who gets to spend the weekend at her Grandma's. She has so much fun, but she really misses her mommy and daddy-what is she going to do?
Christine Turner
Drew, who prefers to be called Drool, worries her parents are never coming back when she spends the night with her grandmother.
Skylar Burris
A sleepover at grandma's...who keeps the little one well supplied with sweets. A cute, humourous book. Love the pet chicken.
"grandparents, sleepovers, fantastic visit (all food is deserts)"
Sophie seemed to really enjoy this. Cute illustrations.
Good story about visiting with grandma.
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Aileen Leijten was born in Belgium in 1968. After attending the Rudolf Steiner School in Antwerp, she studied Animation film in Ghent and moved to the United States in 1992. She graduated with a Masters Degree from California Institute of the Arts and worked for 12 years as a free lance animator and art director for Walt Disney Imagineering, Mattel Media, etc.
Her dream of publishing one of the pi
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