Tuesday 1 September 2015

No More Cuddles! By Jane Chapman

Barry lived by himself deep in the forest.
He liked strolling about on his own, listening to the birds and tasting juicy berries.
But Barry was never on his own for long…

Summary From Little Tiger Press

Everyone loves a hug… but Barry's just COVERED in cuddles! He lives all by himself deep in the forest but this furry chap is never on his own for long. "Come here, Snuggle-wuggles!" call the animals, diving in for a cuddle! There are simply too many hugs to handle. How can Barry get them to stop? From the best-selling author and illustrator, Jane Chapman, comes a very funny picture book about a lovable monster who has just had enough of HUGS!

I absolutely love this book. It's laugh-out-loud funny and the text and colourful illustrations work so brilliantly together that there's plenty to talk about on every page. Jane Chapman's sense of humour shines through; even the monster's name is wonderfully, gigglingly daft! It's Barry, in case you were wondering. 

Poor Barry is so soft and cuddly that all the animals in the wood rush to hug him the moment he appears. All he wants is a bit of time to himself but his plans come to nothing. Of course it all turns out well in the end, but I wouldn't dream of giving anything away because this is a must-read book. I have nothing but praise for the contents of the book but, sadly, the cover doesn't quite match up. It's mostly white and brown and it looks rather dull. I'm afraid it might easily be passed over by children and parents looking for a book to share. Don't be one of those who let it slip by! It's way too much fun to miss…!

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