Tuesday, February 13, 2018

VALENTINE'S DAY BOARD BOOK REVIEWS: Hug Machine/How Do You Say I Love You?/Colors of Love


Who have YOU hugged today? Open your arms to this delightfully tender, goofy, and sweet board book from Scott Campbell.

Watch out world, here he comes! The Hug Machine!

Whether you are big, or small, or square, or long, or spikey, or soft, no one can resist his unbelievable hugs! HUG ACCOMPLISHED!

Now available as a board book, this endearing story encourages a warm, caring, and buoyantly affectionate approach to life. Everyone deserves a hug—and this book!


This is an adorable book about a little boy who calls himself the 'hug machine'.  He spends most of the book hugging anything and anyone in sight.  He hugs his family, the neighbors, a police officer, a tree, a bench, and a post office box.  He also hugs a crying baby, and even a porcupine (with appropriate protection).  But who will hug him when all his energy runs dry?  Having been hugged numerous times by young hugging machines, I can say that there is nothing quite like it.  The innocence and affection behind it is truly sweet.  This works for younger kids, but probably shouldn't be encouraged in older kids though, at least not without permission. 


Learn how to say “I love you” in ten different languages with this heartwarming board book.

“I love you” may sound different around the world, but the meaning is the same. From China, to France, to Russia, to Brazil, and beyond, this charming board book features “I love you” in ten different languages.


This adorable board book teaches that while there are numerous ways to say I love you, the feeling behind the words is the same.  The author even manages to keep rhyming, even when presenting the words in other languages, quite impressive.  Thankfully the pronounciations for each phrase are shown under each phrase.  The illustrations are cute and appropriate and even include some cultural icons to connect with each language.  But the focus here is on the love between the children and the people around them.


This wildly creative board book is filled with illustrations of a child’s world that are sure to inspire kids to see their surroundings in a new way.

What color is love? Love is so much more than a big red heart! This joyful board book introduces children to a beautiful world filled with diversity—in their own family, their friends, and the world beyond. By using Crayola crayon colors to draw a loving world, children can learn how to express their emotions through colors, too. The Colors of Love makes a sweet Valentine’s Day gift, or a perfect gift for a friend anytime of the year.


A young boy learns about love through the colors of things around him.  The warm yellow sun, having breakfast with his family in the sky blue kitchen, and riding on the yellow orange bus with his friends all show things in his life that the boy loves.  This is a bright, colorful book that compares love to the beautiful colors in the world around us.  In this delightful way, parents, teachers, and caregivers can help children learn to express feelings in the colors that they see.

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