Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Nobody Hugs a Cactus by Carter Goodrich - ESSENTIAL

Nobody Hugs a Cactus by Carter Goodrich.  PICTURE BOOK Simon and Schuster, 2019.  $18.  9781534400900  



Hank sits in a window that looks out at the desert.  It’s peaceful and hot just like he likes it, until Rosie the Tumbleweed blows past and calls out a hardy hello.  Hank is annoyed by her interruption, and all the other animals that come along and break the silence, so he yells at them.  One day a piece of garbage blows onto Hank and sticks to his Cactus tines, and although he hasn’t been very nice, Rosie comes along and helps free Hank.  Hank decides that he appreciates Rosie and so he grows a flower to show her his thanks.  

Hank is the cutest little cactus!  I loved the illustrations and the facial expressions on the animals.  I enjoyed the lesson that we need to appreciate those around us, and it doesn’t always benefit us to be prickly to others.  

Reviewer, C. Peterson 

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