Hug Machine

(Author) (Illustrator)

Product Details

$17.99  $16.55
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publish Date
9.3 X 0.7 X 10.8 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Scott Campbell's paintings have appeared in numerous shows and publications around the world. He has created award-winning comics, such as "Igloo Head and Tree Head," which appeared in the Flight anthology, and is the illustrator of Zombie in Love and Zombie in Love 2 + 1 by Kelly DiPucchio; East Dragon, West Dragon by Robyn Eversole; and If Dogs Run Free by Bob Dylan. He is the author and illustrator of Hug Machine. Scott lives in New York City. Visit him at
Scott Campbell, sometimes known as Scott C., is the creator of the GREAT SHOWDOWNS online series and Double Fine Action Comics. He was art director and concept artist at Double Fine Productions on such games as Psychonauts, Brutal Legend, and Broken Age. His illustrated picture books include Zombie in Love, Zombie in Love 2 + 1, East Dragon West Dragon, XO, OX: A Love Story, Bob Dylan's If Dogs Run Free, and Hug Machine, in which he has written the words as well as created the pictures. Scott lives in New York City.


"a non-sappy, warm-hearted ending to a book that feels just like a big ol' hug"--The Horn Book Magazine "November/December 2014 "
* "A feel-good ride, full of droll artistic asides and an abundance of caring.... In his first outing as an author, Campbell shines."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Campbell's simply outlined watercolors exude warmth, emotion, and sly humor, from the deadpan expressions of several surprised recipients of the Hug Machine's hugs to his own serenely closed eyes during each hug, which make it clear that he's giving each hug his utmost."--Publishers Weekly
"The noodle-armed little boy who loves hugs is irrepressibly charming....delightfully rendered, and the hug machine's enthusiasm for friendliness is hard not to love."--Booklist
"Absolutely irresistable."--School Library Journal
*"Whether for bedtime or storytime, affectionate kids and adults will thoroughly embrace (ahem) this fuzzy and goofy paean to cuddling."--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, STARRED REVIEW