We are hedgehog crazy at our house. Well, I'm hedgehog crazy and I drag my daughter along with me. I checked a bunch of books out of our library with hedgehogs as characters, and we've been reading them for weeks:
- The Three Hedgehogs by Javier Saez Castan - This one is a little odd. It's told in the literary form of pantomime (the subtitle is "A pantomime in two acts and a colophon). It's a cute story about 3 hedgehogs who steal apples from an orchard and about the cook's journey to discovering the culprits.
- Hedgie's Surprise by Jan Brett - We actually own this one. Hedgie is a hedgehog who has to protect the chicken's eggs from a tomten. (Chickens and hedgehogs! Perfect for me!) I do think it's odd that this tomten is stealing eggs but the tomten from Astrid Lindgren's books is protecting the animals.
- The Hat by Jan Brett - Hedgie gets a little girl's hat stuck on his head and is ridiculed by the barnyard animals. And yet, he manages to start a trend. My daughter loves looking through this one and repeating "Silly animal! Don't you know animals don't wear clothes!" like the little girl in the story.
- Hedgie Blasts Off by Jan Brett - In this story, Hedgie works on the cleanup crew, but ends up becoming the astronaut he's always wanted to be. This book does not contain Brett's signature borders, but the illustrations are still lovely.
- The Mitten by Jan Brett - This is an adaptation of a Ukrainian folktale. Several animals, including a hedgehog, attempt to burrow in a mitten.
- One Winter's Day by M. Christina Butler, illustrated by Tina Macnaughton - Little Hedgehog's nest blows away in a winter storm so he sets off for Badger's house to stay until it's over.The hat and glove in this book are fuzzy, which my daughter loves.
- The Special Blankie by M. Christina Butler, illustrated by Tina Macnaughton - Little Hedgehog babysits his cousin Baby Hedgehog one spring day during neighborhood a bluebell hunt. The blankie is fuzzy. My daughter asks to reread this one often. In fact, I've now requested ALL the books that Butler and Macnaughton collaborated on that our library owns, which led to:
- One Rainy Day by M. Christina Butler, illustrated by Tina Macnaughton - In this book, Little Hedgehog's umbrella is shiny. I've only read this once so far, as we just picked it up from the library Saturday afternoon. I'm considering buying the Little Hedgehog books for our own collection.