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“When you open this book with the cut-out heart, you'll fall in love. Jules the kitten loves the whole world and sets out to hug everyone in it -- such a big project for such a little kitten! Hugging his best friends goodbye and armed with his long, long list -- he hugs all the birds in the park, a giant blue whale, a brand new frog, hippos, wombats, and more -- Jules is busy until he arrives at the empty North Pole with no one to hug. But wait! Here comes a happy polar bear who hugs Jules! This is a perfect gift to share with all you love!”
— Marilyn Smith, Kepler's Books & Magazine, Menlo Park, CA
The New York Times bestselling book that celebrates love and hugs--from beloved MUTTS cartoonist and Caldecott honor-winning artist Patrick McDonnell!
There was once a kitten so filled with love he wanted to give the whole world a hug! Jules the kitten (also known in the MUTTS cartoons as "Shtinky Puddin'") knows that hugs can make the world a better place. So he makes a "Hug To-Do List"--with the endangered species of the world at the top--and travels the globe to show all of the animals that someone cares. From Africa to the North Pole to his own back yard, Jules proves a hug is the simplest--but kindest--gift we can give. With its gently environmental theme, this joyous rhyming story about sharing love is an ideal gift year-round.
About the Author
Patrick McDonnell is the author and illustrator of Tek: The Modern Cave Boy, Thank You and Good Night, A Perfectly Messed-Up Story, The Monsters' Monster, and Me...Jane, a Caldecott Honor Book. He is also the creator of the internationally syndicated comic strip Mutts, which inspired his picture books The Gift of Nothing, Hug Time, and others. He lives in New Jersey.
Praise for Just Like Heaven:
"McDonnell delivers his message with maximum effectiveness."Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Praise for The Gift of Nothing:
"Both Mutts fans and newcomers will appreciate McDonnell's clever wordplay and lovable characters."Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"A perfect meditation on gift giving and friendship."Kirkus
Praise for The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABC's (the Hard Way):
A New York Times Notable Children's Book of 2017
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2017
An Amazon Best Book of the Month (September 2017)
School Library Journal's Best Picture Books of 2017
A Horn Book Fanfare Best Books of the Year 2017
Huffington Post's Best Picture Books of 2017
Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books of 2017
A Nerdies 2017 Selection
*"Give this book an F, yes, an F: for fun and funny."
Kirkus Reviews, starred review
*"Touches of wit and plenty of zip recommend this for lap-sit sharing."
The Horn Book, starred review
*"Gloriously fun...teeming with visual wit."
Publishers Weekly, starred review
*"Energetic and highly engaging...A brilliant caper that young learners will want to pore over!"School Library Journal, starred review
"McDonnell's work once again proves to be silly, sweet and even timeless."The New York Times Book Review