Today I would like to introduce a wonderful and heartwarming picture book, “Hug”. This picture book deeply portrays the love between a parent and child, despite the fact that few words are used in the book. The story of a little chimpanzee, Bob, who travels in search of his mother’s hug, shows us how important the bond of family is at all times.

¥1,425 (2024/03/22 20:26時点 | 楽天市場調べ)

Basic Information

  • Title: Hug
  • Author: Jez Alborough
  • Illustrator: Jez Alborough
  • Year of Publication: 2001
  • Publisher: Candlewick
  • Age Range: Toddler to 3 years old


“Hug” is the story of Bob, a little chimpanzee, and his adventures in search of his mother’s hugs. Bob misses his mother’s hugs when he sees other animals with their families. His friend animals also try to help Bob, but all Bob really wants is his mother’s hug. In the end, a heartwarming reunion with his mother awaits him.


What is special about this picture book is that few words are used. Most of the story is told through pictures, and the only word repeated is “Hug. This picture book is simple, but has a strong message, and makes us feel deeply the love between a parent and child.

Discover and Learn

The most important thing we can learn from “Hug” is the value of love and family ties. Bob’s journey also teaches us the importance of friendship and support. Through this picture book, we also discover that it is possible to convey feelings and stories with few words.

Recommended Readers

This picture book is recommended for children from infancy on up. However, its warmth and simple message will resonate with people of all ages. It is ideal for parents and children to read together to strengthen their bond with each other.


Jez Allborough’s “Hug” is a picture book where words have the power to at least move the heart. This story about love and bonding creates a special moment to share with parents and children. After reading it, everyone will surely want to hug someone.

Japanese translation here

¥1,540 (2024/03/21 23:57時点 | 楽天市場調べ)


I am a mother of one child with a love of picture books! The time I spend reading picture books with my child is a treasure for me. In this blog, I introduce picture books that have left a deep impression on me and share the charm of stories that nurture children's imagination and sensitivity, and also inspire us adults to learn and be moved by them. I aim to create a place where readers can connect and empathize with each other through picture books. Thank you!

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