DON'T HUG DOUG! -review by Kaliisha
Don’t Hug Doug (He Doesn’t Like It)
Written By: Carrie Finison
Drawings by Daniel Wiseman
Published By: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Release Date: Jan 26, 2021
Review: Don’t Hug Doug (He Doesn’t Like It) is a book that is all about embracing one’s individuality. There are some people that just don’t like hugs. This story asks young readers in the most compelling way “Do you like hugs?” With a regular rhythm, readers are taken through Doug’s experience as a boy who is perfectly alright with no hugs besides one from his mother at bedtime. I love how the story also teaches about consent. Ask before you act! This story is super important and is a great book to read to children who are trying to navigate what kind of social behaviors they may want to apply to their own lives. Utterly adorable and educational!
We asked Carrie Finison why she wrote Don’t Hug Doug in the first place. Here is the answer that she provided!
A: The inspiration for Don’t Hug Doug came from a few places, as ideas often do. First, I remembered back to my own childhood and sometimes feeling discomfort when offered a hug by someone I didn’t know well. Second, as a parent, I remembered my own kids and their friends and classmates going through similar phases — sometimes not wanting to hug, whether due to sensory issues or just personal preference, and other times being overly-huggy. Third, as a writer, I thought it would be fun and an interesting challenge to write a story about a kid who doesn’t like hugs. There are lots of hug-positive books out there, but not so many about NOT hugging. I hope that the book will serve readers in two ways — first so that the non-huggers can practice articulating that to those around them, and second so that the enthusiastic huggers can practice asking before they go in for a bear hug.