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Hannah and Sugar

Every day after school, Hannah’s school bus is greeted by her classmate’s dog, Sugar. All of the other kids love Sugar, but Hannah just can’t conquer her fear of dogs. Then, one day, Sugar goes missing, so Hannah joins the search with her classmates. Will Hannah find a way to be brave, and make a new friend in the process?




"Berube, creator of the children’s zine Tater Totter, makes a marvelous picture book debut with an achingly authentic story of fear conquered...Readers will be cheering for both Hannah and Sugar—and for the wonderful new talent that produced them."—STARRED REVIEW, Publisher's Weekly

"Hannah and Sugar is Kate Berube’s first picture book, and what a debut it is—a sweet but never saccharine story of courage found and a friendship forged...This promising debut is as sweet as sugar."—Julie Danielson, BookPage

"This is a sweet tale with a satisfying ending; expressive, childlike paint-and-ink illustrations drive the story well."—Kirkus

"There’s only a bit of fear in Kate Berube’s debut picture book, "Hannah and Sugar”, but it strikes every day when little Hannah gets off the school bus and has to confront her friend’s dog. Sugar seems a friendly pooch in Ms. Berube’s warm, soft-lined illustrations, but we can tell from Hannah’s body language that she is not receptive: She crosses her arms and turns away, her expression worried. Then one day Sugar goes missing. As everyone searches into the night, unavailingly, Hannah’s heart begins to soften toward the intimidating animal. “She wondered how it would feel to be lost in the dark,” we read as the child sits alone on her lighted front porch, a tiny figure beneath a canopy of stars. So when Hannah hears a whimper from the bushes nearby—well, it is a brave and lovely scene that ensues in this endearing tale of interspecies reconciliation."—Wall Street Journal


Watch Emily Arrow's Hannah and Sugar song: