Penguin Random House
Ever feel like you need a hug, a really big hug from someone? That’s how Felipe the young cactus feels, but his family just isn’t the touchy-feely kind. Cactuses can be quite prickly sometimes you know . . . and so can Felipe. But he’ll be darned if this one pointy issue will hold him back, so one day Felipe sets off on his own to find a friend and just maybe, that long-awaited hug.
Simona Ciraolo creates an endearing tale of friendship, beautifully illustrated with buoyant wit and the perfect story to share. Simona Ciraolo was born in Sardinia. She studied 2D animation at the National Film School in Turin, Italy, then moved to the UK. In 2014 she gained a degree in Children’s Books Illustration in Cambridge. She has written and illustrated a number of books including the bestseller Hug Me (Flying Eye Books, 2014).