Merry Christmas, Hugless Douglas

Merry Christmas, Hugless Douglas

Merry Christmas, Hugless Douglas
David Melling

Hodder Children's Books

ISBN 9781444906844

Join Douglas for Christmas magic in the eighth Hugless Douglas adventure. This bestselling series has sold over 1.6 million copies to date in 24 languages! Hugless Douglas knows what Christmas is all about - snowing sheep, finding a tree, sledging and and making new friends like Rudi the Reindeer! And one more thing of course... Christmas hugs! David Melling is one of the UK's best-loved author-illustrators and his seventh book about Douglas the brown bear is as funny and compelling as the first. It combines brilliantly imaginative illustrations with an endearing sense of what it is like to be a small child learning about the world. Hello, Hugless Douglas! was a World Book Day picture book in 2014. 'A new Hugless Douglas book is always a cause for celebration.' - Daily Mail

Librarian's Book choice

We are huge Hugless Douglas fans, so to read a Christmas edition was delightful. Hugless Douglas is a wonderful character and Melling (author) has ensured these stories are a sure-fire hit at every bedtime. In this special Christmas edition, Hugless Douglass wakes up really excited about Christmas. He is so excited that he goes around hugging all the trees. Douglass and his friends begin making a snowman and enjoy playing in the snow, until they hear a funny sound coming from a tree. Douglass soon makes friends with a new character and together they set out to find the perfect Christmas tree.

This is a delightful story about friendship and coming together at Christmas. The story has strong, positive messages about working together, laughing and sharing. My son (who is three) loved pointing to all the different Christmas images and laughing when the characters all fall down the hill together.

An honest and lovely Christmas message - 'just before bed, they shared a hug and searched the sky for Rudi' - and this is exactly what I do with my children on Christmas Eve. The new character is very sweet and uses his magic to help his new friends to find 'a Christmas miracle!'.

Beautifully illustrated with distinct and original images that truly capture the mood of the story, this is a story children will want to hear again. If you want a story to get children in the Christmas spirit, pick up a copy of Merry Christmas Hugless Douglas.

Picture book / Ages 3+ / Reviewed by Joanna Hewish, teacher.