Hugless Douglas and the Big Sleepover Author: David Melling Illustrator: David Melling
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Format: Picture Books

Age Range: 3-7 years

Character Traits: Problem Solving

Publication Date: March 2013

BISAC: JUV002030

Pages: 32

Book Format Detail: Hardcover

Retail Price: $12.95

ISBN-13: 9781589251168

ISBN-10: 1-58925-116-4

Dimensions: 10-1/2" x 10-1/4" x 3/8"

Douglas is excited to go to Rabbit’s sleepover. On his way he runs into Little Sheep and invites him along too. But Douglas brings along more guests than he realizes! With too many animals and not enough space, how will anyone ever get to sleep?

Lexile: AD470

November 1, 2013, Horn Book Guide

The amiable bear from Hugless Douglas is headed to a sleepover at Rabbit's. Thinking there's plenty of room, Douglas invites Little Sheep to join. What he doesn't realize is that a whole flock of sheep has tagged along, and on top of that, Douglas might be too big to fit in Rabbit's burrow. A silly, feel-good bedtime story with an underwhelming resolution.


This book is a riot. I’ve loved all three Hugless Douglas books, but this is my favorite. Silly antics and crazy pictures fill this book with tons of fun. Melling has such a wacky style that he creates wonderful characters that offer loads of comedic entertainment. I also love the hidden details you catch here and there along the way. The last two pages of this book have illustrations that match answers to the question, “What would you pack for a sleepover?” The sheep, rabbit, and some screwy birds help illustrate the answers.

Hugless Douglas and the Big Sleepover is a great book for bed time or anytime. I can’t wait to see what future adventures lay in story for Douglas and his friends.