Author and illustrator Tomie dePaola recommends Hug Machine, written and illustrated by Scott Campbell. “Hug Machine, by Scott Campbell, is just about as perfect as a picture book can be. The text is minimal and straightforward, and the illustrations are hilarious. Mr. Campbell’s art-style is very much his own and the minute I finished reading and looking, I started the whole thing all over again. It’s a book to hug!”
Hug Machine (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2014) is recommended for ages 4-8.
Be sure to check out dePaola’s books: Look and Be Grateful (Holiday House, 2015) and The Magical World of Strega Nona: A Treasury (Nancy Paulsen Books, October 2015).