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Review: Tiny T. Rex And The Impossible Hug by Jonathan Stutzman and Jay Fleck

Review: Tiny T. Rex And The Impossible Hug Jonathan Stutzman and Jay Fleck


Tiny has little arms. He wants to give his friend a proper hug, but Tiny’s arms aren’t big enough. He sets off in search of advice to learn how to give Pointy a proper hug. Along the way, Tiny tries being mathematical, philosophical and even exercising his arms. When the moment comes, it turns out that the best hugs come straight from the heart.

A humorous and warm story about a little dinosaur with a lot of love.

Have you ever been in that moment? The one where you’re meeting somebody special, somebody you know, but you’re not certain whether they are a hugger, a handshaker or someone who would rather you greeted them without any kind of contact at all? Social interactions can be confusing at the best of times, and Tiny the dinosaur delves deep into the theory behind giving his friend a hug.

Unfortunately, there is also such a thing as overthinking.

What makes this book entertaining is that every new way Tiny finds to think about hugs makes a sense of its own. Hugs could be measured in equations. Hugs are physical actions, and therefore physical exercise could help us perfect a hug. Hugs come from emotion so mindful reflection could make them better. These new ways of looking at hugging are both ridiculous and true at the same time.

The final message is that hugs are spontaneous gestures which come from the heart. I think this message is just right for Tiny and will reassure readers that they don’t have to work these actions out ahead.

I adore the modern art style, with its contrasting colours and bright backgrounds. These dinosaurs live in a totally modern world, with books and exercise routines and table tennis, but occasional palm fronds in the foreground remind us of the dinosaur’s natural habitat. For a story with a cute theme, the art style keeps firmly away from the sugary. The endpapers are a treat too and would inspire potato printing or similar activities. 

A story about a tiny dinosaur which will make a huge impact. Hugger or not, this one will make you smile. 


Thanks to Abrams & Chronicle UK for my gifted copy of Tiny T. Rex And The Impossible Hug. Opinions my own.