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Eoin McLaughlin & Polly Dunbar

Eoin and Polly have created a clever and lovable picture book, The Hug. Both hedgehog and tortoise are both looking for a hug, but no one will hug them. That is until they find each other!

They also created a new story inspired by social distancing, featuring both Hedgehog and Tortoise, it’s called: While We Can’t Hug

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The Longer The Wait, The Bigger The Hug

Everyone’s favourite (socially distanced) characters return to help us through this challenging period.
Hedgehog is waiting for his friend Tortoise to wake up. But where is he and when will he wake?

Hedgehog’s friends are all very lovely, but they just aren’t as much fun at the beach, or at hide and seek, or at holding hands, or at hugs.

Tortoise begins to stir – the one boulder that Hedgehog didn’t think he could lift to turn . . .

Tortoise has been dreaming of Hedgehog. And the hug that follows is their best yet!

A charming and touching new tale from the creators of the bestselling While We Can’t Hug!

The Roar

Everyone’s favourite Hedgehog and Tortoise are back, helping children with big feelings!

There were so many things that Tortoise wanted to do.
So many games to play and rocks to climb.
Tortoise was stuck.
Being stuck made Tortoise cross.

Tortoise is not having a good day and now he’s stuck in a hole and and is far too cross for hugs. Hedgehog sits and waits and then makes Tortoise laugh – taking the time to let the moment pass, and acknowledge how Tortoise feels.

The Hug

Hedgehog was feeling sad.
As sad as a hedgehog can feel.
So sad only one thing could help . . .

Tortoise was feeling sad.
As sad as a tortoise can feel.
So sad only one thing could help . . .

In this clever flipbook, both a hedgehog and a tortoise are looking for a hug. They ask all the other animals they come across but for some reason no one will hug them. Until a wise owl explains: Hedgehog is too spiky; Tortoise is too bony. And that’s when they find each other!

While We Can’t Hug

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!

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