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Slug Needs a Hug

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  304 ratings  ·  50 reviews
When it begins to bug slug that his mummy doesn’t hug him, he leaves home to find out why. Kitten suggests he should be furrier, so he puts on a woolly hat, while Bird suggests he needs a beak. Soon, Slug has a new look, will his mummy hug him now?
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 2nd 2015 by Andersen
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Brenda Lower
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Made me stop and read it out loud to my staff at the library. The Rhyming is a bit forced in places, but made me laugh. A lot.
Nov 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
A rollicking rhyme describes Slug's attempts to become cuter so his mom will want to give him a hug. As Slug is taking advice from a variety of animals, however, the results are pretty hilarious. ...more
Jan 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
The cute tale of a slug trying to make himself cuter, so his mum will hug him. But it turns out the issue wasn't his cuteness all along, but something more prosaic.

""You're beautiful and charming, If I could, I'd hug you, Darling!" But alas she had no arms, and so... they kissed!"
Oct 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
How could a book about slugs be described as charming? Well, it has a joyful rhythm and rhyme, fabulous color illustrations, and a valuable story.
Jan 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Excellent rhymes and adorable story. Poor slug just wants a hug!
McKenzie Richardson
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A goofy, silly, funny story about a slug who just wants a hug. A great message about love and acceptance. The story flows nicely and the catchy rhyme scheme makes it a calming book to read over and over again. This would make a great bedtime story.

Nice illustrations, by the end of his travels, slug really does look quiet silly.

A very good book filled with fun.
Kris Dersch
I found myself liking this one in spite of myself all honesty, it's not a great book. The premise is dumb, the rhyme doesn't scan well in places, it's just not a great book. But it's hilarious and fun to read aloud and made me smile and I liked it more than I care to admit. ...more
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious! Great rhyming words and a silly story about a slug desperate for a hug make this a perfect read-aloud for early elementary school kids.

A good fit with Hugless Douglas by David Mellig and Mother Mother I Want Another by Maria Polushkin Robbins.
Megan Ledbetter
Oct 28, 2019 rated it liked it
This story about a slug wanting a hug from his Mum, he asks a number of animals what he needs to make his mum want to hug. This book is great for teaching children rhyme because it is clear for the children to hear. Also has a clear message about love.
Poor little Slug just wants a hug from his mama and doesn't understand why he never gets one. All the other animals make suggestions that he tries to follow. A bit silly, this entertaining book will make kids laugh. ...more
Amy Goldstein
Sep 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Such a cute story about a slug who wants a hug from mom. Slug takes advice from all the animal friends to become more huggable. Of course mom can't hug because she has no arms! The rhyme and rhythm of this story makes it so fun to read! ...more
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
The rhymes in this really work, and I love me a good rhyming picture book. The illustrations got muddy in the middle, I thought, but they worked. In the end, super cute.
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
A deeply inspiring story of identity and the facades we present to the world. And what makes us huggable.
Adam Nickson
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Scarlett aged 6 *****

Poppy aged 4 ******
Amanda Brooke
This would be a great first grade read aloud for introducing creature features.
Apr 13, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Cute illustrations, but I liked Daft Bat by this same author/illustrator pair better.
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A book about just being yourself and paying attention!
a fun read
Jun 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Cute, reassuring, and well, sticky book about a slug who just wants a hug! There's a message of parental love as well as of being yourself. ...more
Joseph Hobdell
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant rhyming book which inspired me to try and write my own story.

Interesting manned this book to anyone with young children or teachers of Ks1.
Liz Todd
Love the rhythm of this book. Great message, fun read.
Christina Reid
May 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Cute story about self-acceptance and familial love.
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! It is lyrical, funny, and so cute. The illustration are great as well. I plan to read this aloud to 4-7 y/o.
Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, sw-resources
A light hearted way to discuss an important part of nurturing and how we are influenced by others and their rituals. 5/5
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Slug REALLY WANTS a hug from mom and comes to the conclusion that "she is never snuggly because I am so ugly". His animal friends cat, bird, pig, goat, moth, fox, and cow are anxious to suggest beauty enhancements slug can make to attract a mommy hug. A ridiculous looking slug returns to Mom who rears back in alarm at the sight. She assures that slug is loved "just as you are", that hugs are out for armless slugs and gives a kiss instead.

The story, told in whimsical verse, is at once charged wit
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
gorgeous with wonderfully musical rhyming.
May 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
I used this book for a Year 1 reading observation. It is fantastic for helping develop phonemic awareness. The phonetically similar words, reading pattern and links between the illustrations and story are very good for helping K-3 reading development. The story is also fantastic for reading for pleasure. The moral underlay that you do not need to change to please people makes a great story time lesson.
I loved it, my student loved it, all round great book!
Laura McLoughlin
Honestly, not sure how I felt about this book. I was a bit bothered that this poor slug child thought his mother didn't want to hug him because he wasn't cute enough (and not for the obvious reason that slugs do not have arms, making hugging very difficult). The slug's desire to become cuter by asking the other animals' advice was very silly. And the resolution (and getting around the previously mentioned no arm problem) were nice.

I may be overthinking this book...
Sharon Allen
Nov 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Cute idea. Something about the child worrying that his mom wouldn't hug him because he was too ugly bothered me. There were so many pages dedicated to the slug's worry and the feedback other animals give on what is necessary to be lovable, which builds a lot of tension, but the resolution is one page. I really wanted to emphasize the unconditional love part for my kiddo. That said, he reviewed the book as, "I like it." ...more
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
So adorable. Why won't Sluggy's mom give him a hug? (Spoiler alert: it has something to do with the anatomy of a slug!) Hilarious and fun; includes different animals who suggest what Sluggy might do to make himself more lovable and therefore, more huggable. ...more
Courtney Huskisson
Had such a promising title -- but the flow of the book was a lot muddier to get through. However, I did enjoy the purpose of the book and it reminded me a lot of a classic I loved as a kid titled, "The Little Rabbit Who Wanted Red Wings". ...more
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