Give Me a Hug {Book Review and Giveaway}

Posted by ~Summer~ on August 08, 2014
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So we've talked a little about hugs and love in the previous post, I guess you probably know by now that we are quite the huggers. As much as possible, I also like to let my kids hug the grandparents, cousins, relatives, our friends and at times, even strangers. Yes, we are pretty generous with hugs because we believe they have the power to cheer people up and make the world a better place.

If there is one person I might have least expected to write a book about hugs, it is Nick Vujicic. Not for any other reason except that I just could not imagine how one could possibly give, or receive, a hug without limbs. Then when I first saw one of his motivational videos on YouTube, which by the way brought tears to my eyes, I realise you don't hug with arms or legs; you hug with your heart. The way he would embrace the students, the way he would look at them with sincerity, the way he always wore that charming smile on his face, those were the things that touched me from within and gave a whole new meaning to the word 'hug'.

When I laid my hands on the book Give Me a Hug, I was already in love with it by looking at the cover. The illustration was simple yet powerful - a small girl who puts her hands behind her back and gives Nick a hug. I knew this was not just a book I wanted my girl to read, I craved to learn from it too and be inspired by Nick's life lessons.



"Whether your life is happy or not is your own choice.
Many people think I can't live a normal life because
I don't have arms or legs.
I could choose to believe that and give up trying.
I could stay at home and wait for others to take care of me.
Instead, I choose to believe that I can do anything,
and I always try to do things my own way.
I choose to be happy.
I am happy because I am always thankful."


I love the way he views life and how he stresses the importance of love and gratitude. Even though this might be an illustrated storybook for children, I think all of us can learn lessons on how to better treasure life and make each day count. Come to think of it, I think adults need to learn this more than kids, because while they are relishing moments of their childhood, we are the ones who never seem to be contented in our worldly pursuits.


The book is divided into eight chapters and in each chapter, Nick recounts a memorable episode in his life and at the end of it, reflects on the moral of the story and summarises it in a one-page lesson learnt. Empathy, acceptance, perseverance, friendship, gratitude and appreciation are some of the values talked about in these stories. But above all, the book revolves around two key points - love and hope.


Since this is a book meant for children to understand, the language is kept pretty simple and straightforward. While I miss some of the humour that Nick displays in his other books, I like that this is written in a sincere, succinct and non-preachy manner. Even though we might easily finish the book in a day, I personally think this is one of those books that can be read and re-read countless times and still makes a great choice for bedtime stories.


One of the things we love most about Give Me a Hug are the lovely illustrations by Dreamergo, who has a knack for capturing the essence of every story and puts it across in a vibrant and captivating manner. These striking illustrations also help to draw the attention of the younger ones and better convey the message that Nick wishes to drive across in every chapter.

Spoiler alert: Here's showing you the final two pages of the book which also happen to be my favourite pages. Well, I guess it's easy to see why. A picture of Nick hugging his son in a baby sling and a picture of his happy family - these are the kind of things that melt my heart and make me smile with teary eyes.



As a mum, I think this book will be a perfect read for kids and a timely reminder for adults.

May we all learn to always give love and never lose hope.

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If you are keen to get a copy of Give Me a Hug, here's a giveaway whereby two lucky readers of A Happy Mum will be receiving this inspiring and delightful book.

To participate, comment in this blog post and and leave your name, email address and answer the question "What does a hug mean to you?" This giveaway is open to all readers with a valid Singapore address for delivery. Indicate in the Rafflecopter widget that you have commented and to increase your chances of winning, follow the rest of the options. Best of luck!

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Disclosure: We received a copy of Give Me a Hug for review purpose. All opinions are our own.

24 comments:

  1. Hugs mean love, secure and courage to me.

    Jess

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  2. A hug means love and acceptance to me.

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  3. A hug means love, care, secure and warm.
    KaRen Ong
    karen_opk@yahoo.com

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  4. A priceless hug may mean germs spreading to one but love, support and strength to someone else. sab_chee@hotmail.com

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  5. A hug is to assure the person of my love and care.

    Irene Fock
    puffish03@gmail.com

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  6. A hug transfer warmth and never go out of style. Everybody needs one!
    Pam Wong
    pamwong_diver@yahoo.com.sg

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  7. Ruby lee
    Rubytok@gmail.com

    A hug means "I love you" and it transcends love, warm, peace and affection in it everytime we give a hug to a loved one.

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  8. A hug means acceptance and love to me :)

    Wenqi
    casperian05@gmail.com

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  9. A hug means showing your love and care to the person you appreciate!

    Agatha
    greenissuessg (at) gmail (dot) com

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  10. A hug means Affection, acceptance and assurance!

    pm_sgbrides@yahoo.com.sg

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  11. We are huggers too, and it's such a wonderful way of showing love, isn't it? It also means forgiveness, because we hug Noah after he apologises to us. :)

    Adeline / growingwiththetans@gmail.com

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  12. love and comfort
    Jingxian
    j_xian@hotmail.com

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  13. Love and assurance.
    Angie
    simplymommie@gmail.com

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  14. A hug means everything ...

    A hug shows the kids that we love them no matter what. Be it it is a "Good Morning" hug; or for no real good reasons; or after arguements; or when they falter/fall down; or after a great play/laughter session.

    Love to win the book bcos I would love my big boy to learn that happiness is his choice and he should not give up so easily. He is needing these right now ...

    Felicia
    fur_li@hotmail.com

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  15. Thanks for sharing about this book. Saw it at popular but did not get it then. Now you shared about the inner contents, I am indeed tempted to get it.
    :)

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  16. A hug means caring with each other.

    Kien Mei
    surveyfoo@hotmail.com

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  17. A hug means love and assurance.

    Andrew Wong
    Andrew.wong017@gmail.com

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  18. Thanks for sharing this book. A hug triggers hormonal release which allows one to feel happy, loved and accepted. It is also a form of physical/emotional support in times when life hits a down note.
    Ker Min
    magixn@hotmail.com

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  19. A hug means I feel you and I stand by you.

    cmeilim@gmail.com

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  20. A hug makes the world bright again.
    Cheryllidiingtian@gmail.com

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  21. A hug is a sign of affection and the person that is being hugged is loved and cared for and that the person that is doing the hugging cares for the person greatly.

    Xgg Chan
    chanxgg@gmail.com

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  22. A hug make me feel comfort , love and care.
    Name : Amanda Soh
    Email: amandasoh@gmail.com

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