Everyone needs a hug in this new, irresistibly funny picture book from Aaron Blabey, the bestselling creator of Pig the Pug!

All poor little porcupine wants is a hug, but having such prickly spikes makes it really hard to find someone willing to give him a cuddle. Luckily, however, he finds another animal who understands just how it feels to be rejected by all the other animals…

I Need a Hug is a short, but funny story with simple rhyming text. The dialogue can easily be extended by making predictions about what the characters might be thinking or saying on the wordless pages. The illustrations lend themselves really well to drawing inferences as they wonderfully capture the emotions of each character. The repetitive phrases make this a great choice for targeting grammatical goals, particularly the subjective pronouns ‘I’ and ‘you’. This book has a beautiful message of acceptance and friendship. After all, everyone just wants to feel loved.

A truly adorable tale from the best-selling creator of Pig the Pug and Thelma the Unicorn.

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Scholastic Press; Illustrated edition (December 26, 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 32 pages
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 3 - 5 years
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 12 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 9.4 x 0.3 x 9.9 inches


AARON BLABEY has written many well-loved, bestselling books for children. He is the creator of three hugely successful series for children -- the New York Times bestselling The Bad Guys, Pig the Pug, and Thelma the Unicorn. In 2018, it was announced that a movie adaptation of The Bad Guys is in development at DreamWorks Animation with Aaron serving as an executive producer on the project. Aaron's books have won many awards, including nine REAL Awards, an INDIE Book Award for Children's Book of the Year, a Children's Book Council of Australia -- Book of the Year Award, a NSW Premiers Literary Award for Children's Literature, two Australian Book Design Awards, and a Children's Peace Literature Award.