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Writ­ten and il­lus­trated by David Melling ( Ha­chette, hard­cover, $ 24.99)

HU­G­LESS Dou­glas, the adorable brown bear who has fea­tured in four pre­vi­ous pic­ture books, is cel­e­brat­ing his birth­day. He’s so ex­cited about his party – un­til his ex­u­ber­ant cousins Felix and Mash turn up and spoil his fun by open­ing all his pre­sents.

Things only get worse when he goes out­side to play with one of his new toys, but ends up break­ing it and hurt­ing him­self. Even­tu­ally though, his friends and his cousins find a way to help cheer him up and it ends up be­ing his best ever.

Melling’s ap­peal­ing il­lus­tra­tions have plenty of hu­mour and his sto­ries cap­ture won­der­fully well what it’s like to be a small child.

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