HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HUGLESS DOUGLAS!
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.