CM . . .
. Volume XXIII Number 9. . . .November 4, 2016
The book’s cover art and its title set the scene: what appears to be a young porcupine declares that it is in need of a hug. However, opening the book to its endpapers provides more than a bit of foreshadowing as the pages are covered with words of rejection, including No! No!, Shoo!, Get away! Prickles! Help! and Spikes! One by one, the little porcupine seeks a hug and a cuddle from his “friends” – Lou, the rabbit, Ken, the moose, and Moe, the bear. In turn, each runs away while shouting some of the rejection words from the opening endpapers. The poor little porcupine can only conclude:
Suddenly, things seem about to change for him as he sees all three of his friends rushing back towards him. However, he hasn’t read their facial expressions correctly as they show fear, not a desire to hug someone. The reason for the trio’s panic becomes clear on the next double-page spread which reveals the threesome’s rear ends departing one page as a snake’s head enters from the opposite page. It seems that the snake had asked the rabbit, moose and bear for a kiss.
Dave Jenkinson, CM’s editor, lives in Winnipeg, MB.
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