The Runaway Hug was one of my favourite picture books last year, so I was pleased to see that it was shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council Award.
Lucy is about to go bed, but needs a bedtime hug. Her mum only has one hug left though. So they agree that Lucy will just borrow it then bring it right back.
So begins a charming tale as Lucy’s hug gets passed around the family, almost gets lost, before finally ending up back her mother’s arms.
I’ve enjoyed reading this aloud to a group a children as they delight in the antics of the runaway hug. Blackwood’s illustrations add to the slightly chaotic feeling that occurs in most families at bedtime, no matter how calm you try to keep things.
The Runaway Hug is the perfect bedtime story where you can snuggle up with together safe in the knowledge that your own hug is right where you need it to be!