Love, Hugs, and Hope: When Scary Things Happen is a special understanding kind of book that aims to help children find safe ways to express their feelings when bad things happen. Inspired by the tragedy of Sandy Hook, December 14, 2012, Love, Hugs and Hope uses beautiful colored graphic designs, optimistic pictures, and clearly written messages to give children permission to have their feelings, express them, and work through to find and build a sense of security once more. Love, Hugs, and Hope is all about validation of feelings, especially scary feelings. A beautiful two part message is embedded at the core of this lovely book, with perfectly balanced text and illustration. It proclaims: "Love chases away hate (on a valentine held by a penguin) and light chases away the dark (with a lit candle held by a duck in the darkness with stars)." Further pages tell children to cuddle up close with the adults who love them and hug them to help chase away the fear and sadness. Love, Hugs, and Hope is a beautiful and useful memorial to a tragic event, conveying a healing message of caring and hope.
—Midwest Book Review