I'll Hug You More, written by Laura Duksta, illustrated by Melissa Iwai
Published January 3, 2017
Hardcover, 32 pages
Ages 4 - 8
Content Rating: G
I'll hug you as we swing together in the old oak tree
I'll hug you on a stormy night and keep you safe with me
Hugs can say a lot of things like "hello," "thank you," and "I'm sorry." But underneath it all, every hug says "I love you." Share I'll Hug You More with someone you care about and remind them that every hug is a special message of love!
The book shows a variety of scenes with a parent and child as they go about their activities of the day; at breakfast, at playtime, after school, and at nighttime. It is filled with the message that a parent will hug the child throughout the day as they spend it together, because the parent loves his child. This book is perfect to read at any time of the day but especially at night as it is very comforting and prepares the child for the routine of the next day.
The watercolor illustrations are soft and colorful, depicting well the feel-good message of the book. Both my son and I love that the author/illustrator used a variety of wild and exotic animals, such as the hippopotamus, rhinoceros, armadillo, snake, octopus, flamingo and platypus. And the adult depicted could be a mother or father or even a grandparent.
This is a beautiful book for parents to read together with their young child. It is a comforting book with a message that should never end, just like the concept of a flip-sided book.
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Laura Duksta believes that when people know they are loved, anything is possible. Laura lost all of her hair to Alopecia Areata at the age of 11. It took her many years to love herself and to allow others to love her. Laura knew from a young age that she was meant to travel the world, meet her brothers and sisters and spread the message of love. She is now fulfilling this mission through her book, school programs and inspirational talks. Laura resides in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
When I was in 5th grade, my wonderful teacher laminated and bound our stories and illustrations together into books. It is called The Dog Around the Corner, and is about a dog named Claude and his adventures in his neighborhood. I've since illustrated many picture books, one of which I’ve written, Soup Day.
If I had written my life story as a little girl, it would be pretty close to the one I am living. I get to do what I have always dreamed of doing.