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Unlocking The Mysteries Of Love Through Riddell’s “100 Hugs”

100 Hugs by Chris Riddell

Myra here.

To break the series of depressing narratives having to do with crime and murder, I thought I better tap into the mysteries of love. I am hoping this exquisite little book will provide a form of redemption, hope, and sanctuary amidst the horrors of everyday life.

100 Hugs: A Book To Warm The Hearts Of Those In Need Of A Hug

Created byChris Riddell
Published byMacMillan Children’s Books (2017) ISBN: 1509814302 (ISBN13: 9781509814305) 
Borrowed from the Jurong West Public Library. Book photos taken by me. 

So this book is exactly the way it is described. For those who are fans of Chris Riddell (or even those who are just familiarizing themselves with his exquisitely expressive illustrations), this is a visual feast that portrays comforting hugs shared across different creatures – from human beings to mythological characters to fantastical make-believe ones.

I loved how it showed how hugs can also be shared between a human being and its favourite object, or that one thing that provides its life’s purpose – see, for example, Thor and his hammer below:

While some of the literary visual allusions may be lost to some of the younger readers, a few may be able to recognize some of them, such as Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee below:

Then there are the allusions to fairy tales and fables as seen below with The Frog Prince and The Tortoise And The Hare:

I especially enjoyed the occasional literary quotes, that I felt were just right, given the illustrations:

One-liners from Oscar Wilde, Rainer Maria Rilke, Alfred Lord Tennyson, and Shakespeare, but of course.

There was just something awwww-inducing across all of these images. They were poignant, thoughtful, heartfelt.

It’s like Riddell has just reached out from the pages through these characters, giving the reader exactly what they needed at any given point in time.

I honestly believe that there is something in each of these pages for everyone, a little morsel of delight that provides warmth and comfort, in a world that evidently needs more of it. Find this book, be hugged, and give it as a gift to someone you love, or someone whom you think will benefit from an all-encompassing, total, and unconditional embrace. I think that’s pretty much everyone.

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Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

2 comments on “Unlocking The Mysteries Of Love Through Riddell’s “100 Hugs”

  1. Awww! Thanks for the hugs!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. This book is breathtaking! I love the idea of it all. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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