Nothing warms us up quite like a hug, but what can we do when we can’t be together?
This is the story of a new hug’s adventure and the boy who shared it with the world.
Adam King stole the hearts of the nation when he introduced us to his Virtual Hug, a heart-shaped sign he carried during the COVID-19 pandemic to help him stay connected to his teacher while he was learning from home. He also took it to his regular hospital appointments to show his doctors, nurses, and care staff that he was still giving them a hug, just in a different way.
This picture book, inspired by true events, tells the story of one little boy with a big idea that came straight from the heart. The virtual hug makes its way onto mugs, postage stamps and even all the way to outer space, spreading warmth and connection to people all over the world.
David King is a children’s author and education professional. His first children’s book But Really . . . Adventures with a Difference was published in 2019. He lives in East Cork with his wife and five children.
Rhiannon Archard is a Welsh artist. She studied Illustration at Camberwell College of Arts and creates illustrations using gouache, watercolour, colour pencils, lino printing and ceramics. She lives with her daughter in the Kentish countryside.