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Hugs all over

Hugs, love, and cuddles to all.

Today’s three picture books are adorable, each in their own way. Hugless Douglas is almost sensible. You can have a star for a pet. Sort of. And I’m sure you can really cuddle a crocodile, especially between shapeshifters.

Diana Hendry’s You Can’t Cuddle a Crocodile, about the boy with a sister who is always something else, be it a monkey or a bear or the uncuddleable crocodile, keeps the reader on his or her toes. But we can all pretend, can’t we? If it is pretend. Those parents do look a bit funny.

Diana Hendry and Ed Eaves, You Can't Cuddle a Crocodile

Whatever the situation is, the animals are nicely drawn by Ed Eaves.

In Corrinne Averiss’s My Pet Star, the tiny protagonist discovers a star one evening. It has fallen and hurt itself, but is picked up, cuddled and nursed back to health. The star is a lovely pet, apart from not being around in the daytime to eat ice creams in the park. The two grow close until the day comes when the little star needs to go where stars go.

Corrinne Averiss and Rosalind Beardshaw, My Pet Star

Sweet illustrations by Rosalind Beardshaw. I could want my own pet star.

Hugless Douglas is attacked by a bird’s nest, when it falls out of its tree, with eggs in and everything. Doing some egg-sitting while mummy bird gets a new nest together, he finds he needs advice and help. But that’s what bunnies are for. You can cuddle eggs warm, and when you do, well…

David Melling, Hugless Douglas and the Baby Birds

David Melling’s Hugless Douglas and the Baby Birds seemed even more adorable than the usual Douglas. But at least he didn’t sit on the eggs!

All three books make you want babies and toddlers to read to.

Joy

Corrinne Averiss and Isabelle Follath, Joy

This sweet picture book story by Corrinne Averiss is about Fern, who sets out to find the joy that seems to have left her beloved Nanna’s life. Where she would usually have been smiley and happy, she was sad.

But while Fern found plenty of whooosh and joy and bounce, tickles and chuckles and sparkles, she didn’t seem to be able to collect them into her catching bag.

So she went to see her Nanna to tell her. And her Nanna did what you would expect from someone who loves her granddaughter; she smiled. Because grandmothers can be made happy just by being with their grandchildren.

Joyous illustrations by Isabelle Follath, who’s really caught the feelings behind all this. I especially love the street scene when Fern goes home after her unsuccessful hunt.