Sunday, June 16, 2024
Hugless Douglas

Hugless Douglas

by Mark Warner
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Douglas is a huggable, lovable young brown bear who wakes up one morning in need of a hug. He goes to try and find one but none of them seem quite right. Join Douglas on his search for the perfect bear hug!

Teaching Ideas and Resources:


  • Tell the story of a dream that Douglas might have had while he was sleeping.
  • Some of the Douglas’ speech is written in capital letters. Why has the author chosen to do this? Do you know the differences between upper and lower case letters?
  • Douglas tries to hug something big / tall / comfy things. Can you think of other words that mean the same as these?
  • The leaves on the bush quiver and tremble. Can you find synonyms for these words?
  • Look at the use of punctuation within the story. Where have speech marks and exclamation marks been used?
  • Search through the story and try to find any words that you are unfamiliar with. Can you find out what they mean?
  • Write some thought bubbles that could appear for the characters in each illustration.
  • Write a new page for the book when Douglas hugs something unusual. How might it make him feel?
  • Perform the story to an audience. Who will be each character?
  • Can you write a new story about Douglas? What might he ?be looking for in his next adventure?


  • Estimate the weight of the rock that Douglas tries to hug.
  • Estimate the height that Douglas reaches when he tries to hug the top of the tree.


  • The story takes place on a spring morning. What do bears do at other times of the year? What can you find out about hibernation?
  • How many animals can you see in the illustrations in the book? What do you know about them?


  • Use comic creation software to retell the story (or a scene from the story).
  • Explore the Hugless Douglas app.


  • Design some new pyjamas for Douglas to eat while he is sleeping.
  • Draw a new family photo that Douglas might have on display in his bedroom.
  • Use different art materials to try to paint / draw bear’s fur.


  • Draw a map to show where Douglas started, moved to and finished his story.


  • Why do we like hugs from our family and friends? How do they make us feel?
  • Make a poster which shows all the different types of emotions that people can feel. Can you draw a picture of people’s facial expressions / body language when they are feeling each type of emotion?
  • Look at Douglas’ expression in each of the illustrations. How is he feeling at each point?

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