Don’t Hug Doug! (He Doesn’t Like It) by Carrie Finison, illustrated by Daniel Wiseman

Published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons

Don't Hug Doug: (He Doesn't Like It): Finison, Carrie, Wiseman, Daniel:  9781984813022: Amazon.com: Books
Don't Hug Doug: (He Doesn't Like It): Finison, Carrie, Wiseman, Daniel:  9781984813022: Amazon.com: Books

Summary:  You can hug a pug, a bug, or a slug (ewww!), but don’t hug Doug.  It’s just not his thing.  The only hug he likes is a NOT squeezy one from his mom at bedtime.  Don’t worry, Doug likes you, and he likes lots of other things, too: his rock collection, his sock collection, drawing with his chalk collection.  And he’s really good with high-fives.  Turns out Doug’s not the only one, so when considering a hug, be sure to ask first. 32 pages; ages 3-7.

Pros:  This lighthearted book about consent touches on quite a few topics: why not everyone likes hugs, the importance of asking before hugging, and that rejecting a hug isn’t the same as rejecting a person.  There’s plenty of humor in both the text and illustrations, and Doug is a good-natured guide.

Cons:  I’ve definitely made some of the mistakes described by Doug. 

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