New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Aaron Blabey, creator of Pig the Pug and Thelma the Unicorn, introduces us to a porcupine who, as the title suggests, simply needs a hug. But will anyone give him one? For obvious, prickly reasons, one after another of the nearby animals — Lou the rabbit, Ken the moose, and Joe the bear — refuse this heartfelt request, with wide-eyed expressions that are at least half of the delight of this tale. Finally, along comes a creature with a different agenda, and the storyline takes a twist that will have you laughing and sighing with satisfaction almost in the same breath.

We read this story to people of a variety of ages, and all adored it. It is intended for children 3 - 5 years old, but we are sure it will be appreciated by just about anyone for its humor and its message about the surprising comradeship of those who differ.