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Egmont are thrilled to announce a new picture book pairing with Sam Hay and Emma Dodd.

Publishing in January 2019, Hugs and Kisses contains two stories, allowing readers to enjoy the book both forwards and backwards. The stories of a whale and an octopus on their search for a hug and a kiss meet in a stunning pop up at the centre of the book.

Hugs and Kisses is a Valentine’s Day book with a twist in its ‘tail’. Hay’s playful text and Dodd’s vibrant illustrations perfectly compliment the sea creatures’ journeys to find their perfect match. The central pop up acts as a wonderful surprise to be enjoyed again and again by picture book lovers of all ages.

Hugs and Kisses will publish 10 January 2019 for £7.99 in paperback, for ages 3 and over.

Melissa Fairley, Publishing Director of Picture Book and Gift, and Abi Luffman, Senior Designer, signed the deal for World Rights in all languages with Gemma Cooper at The Bent Agency and Eunice McMullen respectively.


About Sam Hay

Sam Hay grew up in Scotland in a family of bookworms. She always wanted to be a writer. She trained as a journalist in Edinburgh and worked in newspapers and for BBC Television, before moving to Wales where she wrote her first children’s book. Since then she’s had more than 30 children’s books published, including Do Not Wash this Bear and Star in the Jar for Egmont. Her new picture book version of Wizard of Oz publishes with Egmont in September 2018, along with a new chapter book series – Spy Penguins for Macmillan (US).

About Emma Dodd

Emma Dodd is a bestselling author-illustrator who was brought up in a family of artists in Surrey. She studied Graphic Design and Illustration at Central Saint Martin’s School of Art and has worked in advertising, editorial and illustration. She has been published by several publishers including Orchard, Templar, Penguin, Macmillan (US), S&S, Harpercollins (US) and Nosy Crow. I Love My Mummy, written by Giles Andrea, won the Booktrust Best Book For Babies award in 2010 and was nominated for the Kate Greenaway Award. Among Emma’s favourite things in life are surfing with her kids, punctuality and rowing.