The Other Side of Hugless Hill
This book was originally self-published, but will receive a wide release from Polar Press and Golden Bell Studios in the near future.
The Monsters that live in Hugless Hill are mean and nasty. All of them, except for two. The Other Side of Hugless Hill is the tale of two monsters looking for friendship in an unfriendly place. It's tough making friends when you don't fit in. Mella and Greenbo learn the greatest friendships blossom when you remain true to yourself. The Other Side of Hugless Hill is written and illustrated by Harvey Award nominee, Mark Mariano. It's a fun read for ages 4 and up!
May 29, 2014 from GeekMom
A great picture book. The artwork is adorable, with a little touch of Maurice Sendak’s wild things, but what really hooked me is the humor.
September 30, 2014 from the Roarbots
The story delivers a lovely message about friendship and staying true to yourself, but the nicest feature of the story is that every character is named. Yep. I can’t tell you how many times Sam will point to a random character on the page (in any book) and ask who it is. Often, I have to make up names. In The Other Side of Hugless Hill, all of the monsters that appear are given silly names, such as Fum-Fum, Niffy, and Ting-a-Ling.
April 23, 2014 from Jamie C
This is my favorite book right now! Kudos to Mark Mariano for creating such a beautiful story. I love the characters, I love the bold colors and can't wait to read it to my little ones tonight.
April 16, 2014 from Megan
This book is geared for young children, but is entertaining for all ages. The cute and silly monsters would have anyone giggling. It encourages everyone to embrace their differences. A monster that likes to play with kittens instead of eating them? Amazing! The two main monsters are ridiculed by rough and tough monsters because they enjoy such things as playing with kittens and being creative. They feel alone.
Read it to see how being different can lead to a great friendship! Perfect for teachers and parents. Great for aspiring artists who want to see great artwork.
October 26, 2014 from Sarah Jane
I got this book this year at Baltimore Comic Con and it has quickly become my daughter's favorite. This book is perfect for a kindergarten or first grader because it has many of the site words they need to learn and they are able to read the book with you. It's a very cute story!!