Grown-ups glory in the hugs and snuggles of their offspring.
Various species of adorable, big-eyed cartoon animals take a turn in telling about (or asking for) the wonderful hugs their little ones give. “How do you do it, my sweet beetle bug? / You’re ever so clever at giving a hug… // You snuggle so nicely, it really is true… / Nobody, nowhere, can cuddle like you!” The illustration that accompanies the first couplet shows a ladybug, a spider, a millipede, and a snail snuggling with their offspring (depicted as miniatures of the adults); that for the second presents a seal and their child nose to nose. Other snugglers include field mice, elephants, ducks, koalas, tigers, bluebirds, rabbits, foxes, and penguins. The final spread shows a light-skinned mother and her brown-skinned child snuggling in bed; a photo on the bedside table shows the two along with dad, who is darker than his child: “And mommies and daddies / throughout the land, / we know that it’s true— / yes, we all understand… // that nestled in burrows or curled under rugs… / the littlest things give / the loveliest hugs!” Frost uses bright colors in jewel tones, and her characters, both humans and animals, are central in the illustrations, close-ups keeping the focus on the warm relationships. But although the pictures are adorable and kids do love to snuggle, there’s little here that hasn’t been done before, and perhaps better.
New and prospective parents may eat this up—if they find it before all the others like it. (Picture book. 3-6)