Hug Me by Simona Ciraola
Publisher: Flying Eye Books
Release Date: September 16, 2014
Ever feel like you need a hug, a really big hug from someone? That's how Felipe the young cactus feels, but his family just isn't the touchy-feely kind. Cactuses can be quite prickly sometimes you know . . . and so can Felipe. But Felipe will not let this one pointy issue hold him back, so one day Felipe sets off on his own to find a friend and just maybe, that long awaited hug.
Okay, so it isn't the most original concept in the world, unhuggable thing (cactus, porcupine, echidna) desperately longs for the one thing no one wants to give them. There are some great moments, like when Felipe tries to make friends with a balloon, that will make the reader cringe with anticipation. It is also a nice way to remind children that even things and people that seem unlovable need a hug every now and then. I was especially impressed by the illustrations and (I know this is the publishing production specialist in me), but I loved the paper it was printed on, especially the cover. The tactile feel of the book reminded of the old books my mother used to read us from her youth. I have not actually heard of this publisher before, but I am interested in reading other books they have produced.