Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Let's Hug: 15 Hugs for Beginners by Efrat Shoham (Review & Giveaway!)

Today I am spotlighting two delightful books by Efrat Shoham. I loved this latest release from her about hugging. Scroll down to read my review of it and then check out her other book about dinosaurs and be sure to enter the giveaway!

Book Details:

Book Title: Let's Hug: 15 Hugs for Beginners
Author: Efrat Shoham
Illustrator: Yuval Israeli
​Category: Children's non-fiction, 36 pages
Genre: Parenting & Relationships / Humor
Publisher: The Pink Camel
Release date: December 6, 2016
Tour dates: Jan 2 - 20, 2017
Content Rating: G

Book Description:

There must be over a millions ways to say "I love you" or "I care about you", but with a single hug, even without words, you can simply feel it. This book is for toddlers, and encourages children and adults alike to try out all possible types of hugs. It's everyone's gain.

It took seconds for the sweet testers who accompanied the writing of this book to adopt these 15 ways of showing love, to give and receive it. And our testers are not alone. Recent studies reveal that Oxitocin, the most fun hormone available, also known as the Love Hormone, is released into our bodies when we hug.

Hugs are proven to have a generally positive healing and relaxing effect, since they increase calm and happiness, reinforce our self esteem, and support our sense of connection to those who are close to us. If you'd like to validate these studies, go ahead and hug.

This book was beautifully illustrated by Yuval Israeli, and it's the second creative collaboration between Yuval Israeli and Efrat Shoham.

Buy the Book: Amazon

My Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

Are you a hugger? I know I am. So I loved this delightful book that shows parents, children and just about anyone many different ways to hug. I am proud to say I have done them all in the course of my life.

The setup of the pages is perfect for this book. On the left page are two little creatures with a dialogue bubble who comment on the hug being shown on the right page. Their commentary is cute and funny. The illustrations are also cute, simple pastel-colored drawings of animals or creatures hugging each other. There is the Sandwich Hug, which my son still likes to do between my hubby and I, the Catch Hug, which my kids loved when they were tots, and of course the Bear Hug, which my dad is great at giving.

Hugs are so good for us and I think they are underestimated. This children's book celebrates hugging, which I know can sometimes be missing in the lives of seniors or children in wheelchairs. The more we hug, the more we become used to it. Have you hugged your children today, even your grown ones? What about your hubby, ageing parent, or friend? Although this is a children's book, it can be enjoyed by anyone who reads it. A perfect addition to any library.

Disclosure: I purchased a Kindle copy of this book. I was not told how to rate or review this product.

I also want to spotlight Efrat Shoham's previous title, another delightful book that uses dinosaurs to celebrate the differences among us.

Book Details:

Book Title: The Unusualasauruses: 15 Playful Dinosaurs
Author: Efrat Shoham
Illustrator: Lilach Ramati
​Category: Children's non-fiction, 35 pages
Genre: Parenting & Relationships / Education & Teaching
Publisher: The Pink Camel
Release date: October 28, 2016
Tour dates: Jan 2 - 20, 2017
Content Rating: G

Book Description:

Ages and ages ago, many different kinds of dinosaurs roamed our planet. Some were as large as whales, while others were the size of small dogs. Some were plant-eaters, while some ate other animals. Some had very long necks and tails, while others were tiny. Some had horns. Some had wings and could fly.

Despite all of these many variations, they were all part of the dinosaur family. And, as is often the case with family, they shared many common features.

No one has ever never whatsoever seen a live dinosaur or spoken to one of them. So, what if dinosaurs could really talk, or smile, cry, dream, dance, play and joke?

To answer all of these questions, all you have to do is become an Imaginesaurus, and meet the Unusualasauruses.

This book is aimed at children aged 4 to 120. It introduces the readers to different types of personalities, characters, and skills and thus helps us to spot them at a glance.

This book was beautifully illustrated by Lilach Ramati.

Buy the Book: Amazon

About the Author:

Efrat Shoham is an Israeli writer and independent publisher (The Pink Camel).

Shoham grew up in a small agricultural village in Israel. Her father was a farmer and her mother – a teacher and librarian. She lives with her family in Tel Aviv, on a small street lined with eucalyptus, mulberry and loquat trees, where 3 rabbits from the nearby kindergarten run wild.

She thinks and believes that curiosity, imagination, humor, green fields, fresh mango or avocado and pink camels are some of the keys to a good and happy life.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Facebook

About the Illustrator of Let's Hug

Yuval Israeli

"I grew up in a kibbutz in the north of Israel and for years I live in Tel Aviv with Roy and our cat "tsimuki". I studied design and illustration at "Vital" the school of visual arts, which reunited later with "Shenkar".

I also learned classical painting in the "station studio".

I always paint pop icons and characters which affected me, and I also always paint portraits of friends. Besides, I always enjoyed painting all kinds of creatures from my imagination". ​

About the Illustrator of The Unusualasauruses

Lilach Ramati

"I majored in visual communication in Holon Institute of Technology. I studied Interactive, but eventually my final project was an illustrated book. Today I work as a designer in games company".

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  1. Thank you for your kind words and generous hosting of our books in your blog. Wishing you and your followers to keep enjoying reading books and travelling with the imagination, lot's of hugs, and some delightful and meaningful meetings with all kinds of unusualasauruses and pink camels.

    Efrat, Lilach and Yuval

  2. I love reading with kids and often give them books as gifts.


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