Laurie Isop, author

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How Do You Hug a Porcupine?

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How Do You Hug a Porcupine? (Hardcover)
We got this book free from the Cheerios box and it is so worn out I think we'll be purchasing a copy soon. The illustrations are wonderful and the joy on each child's face as they hug their respective animal is adorable. My girls like how some of the animals aren't ones typically seen in their books (hedgehog and yak)and I like how it shows that sometimes the best way to accomplish a task can be the simplest and most caring method. I find it's the perfect length for a bedtime story.

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How Do You Hug a Porcupine? (Hardcover)
My 3 year-old absolutely LOVES this book. It's the book we read together every night before bed (along with "All The World"). We actually got them both out of the Cheerios box from a neighbor and they are both wonderful. This one is too cute and the illustrations are great. Kids just love books that rhyme and tell a cute story. Now, I usually read the first couple of words of each page and he likes to finish it himself (bc he has it memorized!). GREAT book and I plan on buying it in hardback to keep forever (:

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This review is from: How Do You Hug a Porcupine? (Hardcover)
Checked this out at the library and thought it was such a good book that I bought our own copy.

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Michael J. Ettner (Washington, DC)

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How Do You Hug a Porcupine? (Hardcover)
The storyline of Laurie Isop's "How Do You Hug a Porcupine?" follows a simple formula. One by one, eighteen children pair up with one or more huggable animals. What ensues is a fiesta of the warm-and-fuzzies.

Featured are a dog, cat, horse, cow, pig, ostrich, giraffe, bunnies, a yak and more. The most daunting of the potential hug receivers is the titled porcupine. But, Hooray! One brave little boy steps forward to accept the challenge. A big heart and patient ingenuity (spoiler alert: his clever solution involves some well-placed marshmallows) are all it takes to win the day. The book's final page delivers us into a warm embrace.

All of this activity is captured in Gwen Millward's sweet, 1950's-style illustrations, created with pencil, ink and watercolor. Her pictures will bring smiles especially to baby boomers who are now grandparents. Noteworthy are several views of the porcupine with quills extended, and one of an elephant modeled in washes of gray. If your child or grandchild is a budding artist, this might be a book you could use to inspire her or him to learn the ways of watercolor.

The moral of the story is as old as the New Testament and as ever-relevant as the Golden Rule: We must reach out even to those who, because of some seeming difference, appear unapproachable. And yet there's nothing heavy-handed about the message in "How Do You Hug a Porcupine?" I think it shares with the best of children's books the potential to generate in young readers (or from a listener in your lap) both childish and non-childish thoughts.


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How Do You Hug a Porcupine? (Hardcover)
My 8 month old son LOVES this book!, October 11, 2011
My 8 month old son loves this book and has enjoyed it since he's been 5 months old. We've read it to other babies and toddlers at play dates and it's been a hit all the way around. The rhyming is great and fun for mom and dad to read. It will definitely remain on the most read list at our house for a long time to come!

A menagerie of familiar and exotic animals make this early reader an adventurous page-turner for kids and parents alike.  With entertaining rhymes and lyrical text, the sing-song quality of this story is sure to be an instant favorite at bedtime.  From the backyard to the farmyard to the jungle the child is able to hug every creature he encounters, with the exception of the seemingly impossible-to-hug porcupine.  Humor and ingenuity combine for a memorable solution.  How Do You Hug a Porcupine is Isop's first published story, and is the winner of the 2009 Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories New Author contest.  We can't wait to see more from this talented writer!

- Debbie Sullivan, Owner, The Book Oasis

When I read the piece from the book I immediately flashed back to when I was working in school and how we used books such as yours to help teach children to read. (They are few and far between.)   Little ones that struggle with reading issues relate so much easier to books that have a word pattern such as this because the children like the rhythm of the words and can relate to them – plus any child can relate to the content of the book.   - Tammy Fredrickson, Special Education TA

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