I Want a Hug by John A. Rowe (Penguin Young Reader's Group, 2007)
"The only thing in the world little Elvis wants is a hug. Everywhere he goes he sees hugs - in the city, in the park, in the train station. But poor Elvis is so prickly that no one wants to get close to him. "Please," he asks, "won't someone give me a hug?" Sadly, no one anywhere will give him one.
Just as he's about to give up, he hears a voice in the crowd crying out, "Won't someone give me a kiss?" Could this be Elvis' chance to make a lasting friend? From the wild imagination of John A. Rowe comes an adorable and hilarious book about what it means to reach out to someone." (from inside cover)