Select language, opens an overlay
Hug Machine

Hug Machine

Book - 2014
Average Rating:
Rate this:
The hug machine is available to hug anyone, any time, whether they are square or long, spiky or soft.
Publisher: New York :, Atheneum Books for Young Readers,, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781442459359
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Jul 26, 2020

This is a very sweet and funny book and it's so needed right now when we can't hug each other! Loved the illustrations but it's the story that really got to me.

VaughanPLDianeB Jun 05, 2019

A hilarious look at some of the benefits of hugging! This youngster (a self-proclaimed 'hug machine') is very inclusive in hugging everything and everyone in his path -- even the spiky porcupine and the mammoth whale. Of course, by the end of a day, it is just as good to receive a hug as it is to give one.

forbesrachel Apr 05, 2019

The little boy in Campbell's story is an absolute hug machine! Hugging everything in sight with a smile and warmth, even porcupines (carefully). It's funny with its over-the-top actions and art, and makes the perfect storytime read for babies and toddlers. The sentences are brief, can be acted out, and is perfect for encouraging interaction between the little ones and their caregivers.

Jan 31, 2019

My 6yo son and I LOVE this book. The story is great, the illustrations are awesome! I always tell my son that the illustrations in a book are just as important as the story and this one does not dissapoint. The expressions on the people’s faces are hilarious, where and when the Hug Machine is hugging someone or something is hilarious, even the back jacket info on the author is hilarious. And the subtle sarcasm... Wonderful!

sopapen Jan 13, 2018

The illustrations in this picture book are great. However, while I'm sure this wasn't the author's intentions, I have issues with the idea of consent. Going around hugging anyone you want without asking permission, is not OK.

Jul 17, 2015

One of my favorites. Somewhat ridiculous, most parents will relate, and sure to bring a smile to your face. Be warned: This book may also turn you and your children into "Hug Machines", which may lead to a ridiculous fun afternoon of hugging random objects in your house... :)

CRRL_CraigG Jun 25, 2015

The book focuses on sheer joyful exuberance as the Hug Machine encounters potential people and animals to hug. Campbell's illustrations are the absolute cutest, as our hug-minded protagonist tackles all creatures great and small.

Feb 02, 2015

The little boy in this story is a hug machine. He will hug everyone and anyone. He will hug anything big or small. He hugs all day until he is wiped out and can hug no more. At this point he is happy to receive any hugs that come his way.

The illustrations are done in watercolor. They are fun to look at although not always crisp and easy to view.

This story made me chuckle. I enjoyed watching the antics of this boy who could not get enough hugs into his day. I enjoyed the two page spread where you have to follow his trail to see all of the hugs he gives. I especially love the ending where he is all hugged out. The only thing that concerns me about this book is that it is not always okay to give hugs. There are people and animals that children should be taught NOT to hug. However, if you read this to your child, this is something you can point out along the way. You can laugh at the antics of the hug machine while talking about personal safety.

ChristchurchKids Oct 27, 2014

With his big eyes, striped shirt, and comically long arms, the human Hug Machine is an irresistible little guy -- both to readers and to the recipients of his embraces. Whether they need to be calmed down or cheered up, the Hug Machine is willing to hug anyone (including an unhappy baby, a spiky porcupine, and a giant whale) or anything (such as a rock, a mailbox, and an ice cream truck). But after a big day of hugging, the Hug Machine is tired…and ready to receive a loving squeeze from his mom. The Hug Machine's blend of sweet sincerity and deadpan goofiness is perfect for sharing with cuddle-loving kids.

Picture books newsletter October 2014


Add Age Suitability
Dec 11, 2014

libraryeri thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 2 and 5


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at SMCL

To Top