Day 59. Okay, I know Hugless Douglas is a bit of a franchise, but am I the only one a little weirded out by the first book? I mean, so Douglas is after a good hug, no issues there. And if he wants to hug rocks and trees, fine. But then he cuddles some sheep against their will, then an owl, and then wipes his nose on a rabbit for no discernible reason. After these harassments of person, a rabbit finally takes him to his mum for a hug. It bothers me somewhat that Douglas doesn't remember his mum at the beginning ... do they not live together? Are the caves different at the beginning and end? And if not, why is someone unsure about the mechanics and social protocol of hugging not residing with a parent?
I put the book down flummoxed. I think I need to sleep on this one.
Master A's verdict: Got quite stroppy when the book was extracted from his drooly clutches. The illustrations are expressive in this one, another David Melling (two days in a row by coincidence) and clearly they induce Master A's need to taste.
- Title: Hugless Douglas
- Author/Illustrator: David Melling
- Source: Borrowed from local library
- Publisher: Hodder
What's on tomorrow? Another library pick.