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We have all three of the Hugless Douglas books now and they really are funny, cute stories for little kids and my kids absolutely laugh all the way through them because the combination of the story and the fun pictures are just really cool and funny.
Douglas is a great big friendly brown bear. He looks absolutely lovely and cuddly and has a really sweet innocent look on his face throughout the book. Although he looks big he really I imagine is only a cub as the stories he is involved in feature him and his mum and dad and stories where he does things that a baby brea cub would do.
Douglas has many friends that have featured in the previous books such as rabbit and owl and the very funny sheep and in this book, Douglas and the big sleep, Douglas is getting ready for a sleepover at Rabbit's house. Along the way on his journey he picks up all his friends but when they finally get to Rabbit's burrow it's just not big enough for everyone. You see them all trying to cram into this little narrow burrow and when one of the sheep brushes his tickle fleece against Douglas' big round nose he does an almighty sneeze which sends all the sheep flying. We love this part of the book as I really over exaggerate the sneeze and then we laugh at all the places the sheep end up.
The sheep are probably my favourite characters in this book, they are just so droll and funny and they follow each other around and move in packs just like real sheep do.
THe story in my opinion is really brought to life by the cute and imaginative illustrations. Not only are they funny, they are definitely quite heartwarming too. The illustrations are really large and almost jump off the page as you look at them and to me they really bring the story to life. The text is black and nice and bold so it is really easy to read and hopefully for little kids get used to seeing words and start to recognise them. What I find quite funny is at the end of the book there is a little illustration page which asks, "What would you pack for a sleepover?" You then see the sheep and the rabbit in cute little poses showing the things they would pack such as pyjamas, toothbrush and a blanket to name but a few.
The book is written by David Melling who has been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Smarties Book Award.
We have this book in the large paperback version, it has an ISBN of 978-1-444-90149-8 and costs £5.99 new.