Writer Eoin McLaughlin and illustrator Polly Dunbar cleverly use the figures of a porcupine and tortoise to teach how to make connections with each other during social distancing. While We Can't Hug is a sweet, charming, and uplifting book — and very needful right now. Recommended By Moses M., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
Hedgehog and Tortoise were the best of friends. They wanted to give each other a great, big hug. But they weren't allowed to touch. "Don't worry," said Owl. "There are lots of ways to show someone you love them." So the two friends wave to each other, blow kisses, sing songs, dance around and write letters. And even though they can't hug and they can't touch, they both know that they are loved. A gorgeous, uplifting, inspiring picture book that makes social distancing fun
About the Author
Eoin McLaughlin was born in Ireland and now lives in Surrey with his partner and their young son. When he's not hugging them, he's writing more stories. The Hug was his debut picture book. He also wrote Secret Agent Elephant, illustrated by Ross Collins and The Case of the Missing Cake, illustrated by Marc Boutavant, and has many more picture books in the pipeline.
Polly Dunbar is one of the best-known illustrators working in the UK today. Polly's bestselling book, Penguin, won numerous awards including the BookTrust Early Year's Award, the Nestle Silver Children's Book Prize, the Red House Children's Book of the Year Award and was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal. Polly was chosen as one of BookTrust's Ten Best Illustrators. Polly is the illustrator of Shoe Baby, Pat-a-Cake Baby and two picture books written by David Almond. Polly created Tilly and Friends, a series which is now animated on CBeebies. Polly lives in the Waveny Valley, Suffolk with her partner and their two boys.