How to Hug a Pufferfish

How to Hug a Pufferfish

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A picture book about a group of underwater friends who learn to ask for permission before showing their prickly, pufferfish pal some love.

So, you want to hug a pufferfish...

Who could blame you? That friendly, gap-toothed grin is hard to resist! Only, when Pufferfish is hugged or touched unexpectedly by their friends, things can get a little...spiky.

It's not that Pufferfish doesn't ever want hugs--it's just that they need to have a say in when and how they're hugged. Luckily, they have great friends who are willing to listen and learn the best ways to show Pufferfish some love and respect their personal space.

With it's bright, commercial art and unique exploration of a timely topic, Ellie Peterson's How to Hug a Pufferfish provides a straightforward and humorous look at consent and body autonomy for kids.

Author: Ellie Peterson
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Published: 04/12/2022
Pages: 40
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.97lbs
Size: 11.27h x 9.43w x 0.41d
ISBN: 9781250796998
Audience: Ages 4-8

Review Citation(s):
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 03/01/2022
Kirkus Reviews 04/15/2022
School Library Journal 06/01/2022 pg. 61

About the Author
Ellie Peterson is a picture book author, illustrator, and science teacher living in the Seattle area. She is the author/illustrator of It's A Round, Round World and The Reason for the Seasons. She was also the illustrator for Bea's Bees by Katherine Pryor. Her work is inspired by her experiences teaching STEM, her upbringing as a biracial child in a military family, and her adventures in parenting.