Book Review: I’m Going to Give you a Bear Hug

April 3, 2017
I'm Going to Give You a Bear Hug: Book Review
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By Caroline B. Cooney

Recently, I was given two copies of the new book I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug! for my unbiased review. And I’m excited to give away to one of these copies to a lucky subscriber (see below for more information ). Written by Caroline B. Cooney and illustrated by Tim Warnes, I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug is a charming book based on a rhyme that the author used to tell her own children before bedtime.

In it, the mother tells her child all the different types of hugs she is going to give him, each revolving around a new type of animal and its personality. Its sing-song quality and melodious structure makes this book ideal for bedtime stories or times when extra cuddles are needed. Throughout its colorfully illustrated pages you’ll read lines like:

“I’m going to give you a dog hug.
A knock over chairs,
Chase up the stairs,
And sleep like a log hug.”  

“I’m going to give you a duck hug.
A webbed feet,
Feathered seat,
Waddle through the muck hug.”

What I liked:

  • It’s written in rhyme format, giving it a singsong quality and making it easier for children to learn and say along. The rhythm also increases the playful tone of the book, making it even more enjoyable for your little one.
  • The book incorporates various animals, which is ideal for toddlers who are learning about animal sounds and characteristics.
  • It’s length was perfect. Not too long where it lost my toddlers’ attention, but not so short that I felt we needed another story.
  • Though the book doesn’t have a particular moral or story, it does incorporate Christianity at the end when the author writes: “Say your prayer and kiss good night / Way beyond compare hug.” This is just another way to make the faith a seamless part of daily living.
  • It’s affordability – You can get a board book on Amazon for $7.11 or a hardcover (like the book I’m giving away) for $11.36.
  • It’s illustrations – The illustrations for this book are truly darling and cleverly incorporate aspects of the animals’ personality like this one of the cat.

Room for Improvement:

  • Though the book says it is geared toward children between ages 4-8, I actually think it is more suited for younger children, say ages 2-5. The book is simple, making it ideal for younger children especially just before bedtime. It’s also, as mentioned above, developmentally appropriate for the toddler (like my 22 month old son) who is learning animal sounds. As we read through each animal type, my son would say the accompanying animal noise making the story even more interactive. I think am older child might be a bit bored.


We really have enjoyed I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug! and would definitely recommend it to others. If you own a copy of the book, I’d love to hear your impressions as well. And if you’re interested in getting your own FREE copy, subscribe in the form below. A winner will be chosen at random tomorrow.


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