Kid’s Book Review: The Longer the Wait the Bigger the Hug

Kid’s Book Review: The Longer the Wait the Bigger the Hug

About the Book and Author / Illustrator

Everyone’s favourite (socially-distanced) characters have returned to entertain us during this seemingly everlasting era that necessitates remote behavioural patterns and a deficit of hugs (for grown-ups too).

This gently amusing story is a welcome reminder that hugs from those we love and care about will be there a-plenty when the right time arrives to enjoy them. They are waiting and will be better when they can be enjoyed whilst feeling safe.

This is another tale from the creators of the bestselling While We Can’t Hug! (click on the link to look at our kids’ review from last year) and it also published by Faber.

The Longer the Wait the Bigger the Hug
Eoin McClaughlin and Polly Dunbar

Eoin McLaughlin was born in Ireland but he now lives in Southern England. When he’s not hugging his family, he’s writing stories. The Hug was Eoin’s debut picture book. He has also written Secret Agent Elephant, illustrated by Ross Collins and The Case of the Missing Cake, illustrated by Marc Boutavant. Find out more about Eoin on his website.

Polly Dunbar is one of the best-known illustrators working in the UK today. Polly’s bestselling book, Penguin, won numerous awards including the BookTrust Early Year’s Award, the Nestle Silver Children’s Book Prize, the Red House Children’s Book of the Year Award and was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal. Polly was also chosen as one of BookTrust’s Ten Best Illustrators. Find out more about Polly’s work by visiting her website.

Book Review

This is lovely fun and gentle book to start a dialogue about everything that has happened in this past year and a half

As a lover of all animals, especially tortoises this caught her attention straight away!

She immediately noticed Tortoise’s shell hidden amongst the rocks and enjoyed a bit of pantomime, shouting ‘he’s over there!’ as poor Hedgehog looked around for his hibernating friend.

A lot of time was spent on the last page “Who’s hugging who mummy? Why are they hugging?…Are they in the same bubble?”

This is lovely fun and gentle book to start a dialogue about everything that has happened in this past year and a half.

Thank you so much for sending us this book, Ila really loves it.

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Reviewer Profile

Ila young reviewer
  • Name: Ila
  • Age: 3 years
  • Likes: monsters, dragons and tortoises
  • Dislikes: prawns and pirates stealing treasure!
  • Favourite book: There's a Monster in Your Book by Tom Fletcher
  • Favourite Film: Ballerina
  • Favourite Song: Rascal Flatts - Life is a Highway (from Cars)