Pre-order link: https://linktr.ee/AHugForYou
The events of the last year around Adam and his Virtual Hug have been, to put it mildly, out of this world! We have seen the Virtual Hug inspire so many different artistic expressions from murals to human art, stone art, paintings….even tattoos and coffee art! It has travelled all over Ireland, the world, and even took a trip to outer space! We have also seen Adam’s Virtual Hug © do so much good for many people, helping them connect at times when it has been difficult to do so.
Adam’s Dad, David, is a children’s book author. He published his first book based on Adam, But Really..Adventures With a Difference, in 2019. Inspired by the events of the last year, David wanted to capture a story that reflected the power of a simple gesture, a new type of hug, that was given to the world in a time when they needed it the most by an amazing boy.
We are so proud to partner with Sandycove (an imprint of Penguin Random House Ireland) in bringing this wonderful project to life. The cover design showcases Rhiannon Archard’s beautiful illustrations, which will feature throughout the book. Rhiannon has done the most wonderful job in capturing the soul of the story and the message of the book through her stunning illustrations – we can’t wait for you to see the whole book!
About the Book:
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.
It really is a dream come true for our entire family to bring this story to the world. We are so grateful to everyone in Sandycove and our own team who helped make this dream a reality. We would particularly like to thank Michael McLoughlin, Patricia Deevy, Lorraine Levis, Isabelle Hanrahan, Louise Farrell, and from our own team Willie Ryan, and last but certainly not least Juelie McLoughlin of Cadence PR. Team work makes the dream work!
We hope you love reading this magical story just as much we loved creating it. For children and adults from age 4+, A Hug For You will hit shelves on 4th November 2021. You can pre-order here today: https://linktr.ee/AHugForYou.