Douglas, a young brown bear, wakes up one morning in desperate need of a hug. He tries to hug a rock, a tree and even a bush. But, none of them seem quite right. Douglas soon discovers the best hugs are from the people he loves.
Hugless Douglas is a picture book that’s jam-packed with humour. Little ones will love all of Douglas’ silly actions, like cuddling armfuls of wriggly sheep and wiping his nose on a poor rabbit’s bottom! The book provides many opportunities for children to make inferences about the story. For example, what happened to the wise owl? And who might be in the deep dark cave?
This is a fantastic book if you would like to increase children’s awareness of print as keywords are often emphasised through variations in font and positioning. For example, the word ‘tall’ is stretched to appear taller than the rest of the text and the word ‘yawn’ arches across the double page spread.
For further speech and language targets in Hugless Douglas, see the list below.
Narrative Structure: Complete Episode
Story Plot: Wishing Tale
Published by Hachette Children's Group in 2010 (ISBN: 9781589250987)