Our Friend Hedgehog: The Story of Us (Hardcover)

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The comfort found in the timeless charm of Our Friend Hedgehog will be a happy discovery to many readers. For adults, sharing it with a child, it will be a welcome passage back to treasured innner landscapes of their own childhood. to favorite stories of warmth and wonder, gentle adventure, kind humor, allayed misaprehenision. discovery and friendship. The story of Hedgehog is so reminscent of great read aloud characters such as the Moomins, Pooh, and Little Bear that the very agency of association enhances the comforting effect of experiencing a new world so imbued with beloved aspects of the past. For children it will be just sheer delight, companionship, and wonder. In Our Friend Hedehog, marvelous illustrator Lauren Castillo reveals herself to be not only a fine writer but our friend indeed.

— Kenny

That Lauren Castillo’s Our Friend Hedgehog is evocative of childhood classic read-aloud stories is unmistakable. The comfort found in the timeless charm of Our Friend Hedgehog will be a happy discovery to many readers who are living through this most unsettled and uncertain of times. For adults, sharing it with a child, it will be a welcome passage back to treasured inner landscapes of their own childhood, the very agency of association enhancing the comforting effect of experiencing a new world so imbued with beloved aspects of the past. For children it will be just sheer delight, companionship, and wonder. Our Friend Hedgehog is a book that will still be there whenever you return to it. It is of course a book to share. That’s why I’m sharing it with you.

— From The Holiday Twenty

Description


From a Caldecott Honor-winning artist comes a cozy classic-in-the-making about finding your friends and sticking together through thick and thin.

"Our Friend Hedgehog feels like a modern-day Winnie the Pooh. It's so warm and full of joy and love. It's got classic written all over it." --Victoria Jamieson, Newbery Honor-winning author of Roller Girl


Sometimes you make a friend,
and it feels like you have known that friend your entire life. . . .

Hedgehog lives on a teeny-tiny island with only her stuffed dog, Mutty, for company. When a great storm carries Mutty away, she embarks on a quest to find her friend. Following the trail of clues Mutty left behind, brave Hedgehog meets a wiggly Mole, a wordy Owl, a curmudgeonly Beaver, a scatterbrained Hen and Chicks, and a girl who's new to the neighborhood, Annika May. With bravery and teamwork, there's nothing that can stop these seven from finding Mutty, but along the way they discover something even more important: each other.

The first book in a new series from Caldecott Honor winner Lauren Castillo, Our Friend Hedgehog: The Story of Us has the feel of a timeless classic, introducing an unforgettable cast of characters who will star in many more adventures to come.

About the Author


LAUREN CASTILLO studied illustration at the Maryland Institute College of Art and received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She is the author and illustrator of the 2015 Caldecott Honor-winning book Nana in the City, as well as The Troublemaker and Melvin and the Boy. Lauren has also illustrated several critically acclaimed picture books, including Twenty Yawns by Jane Smiley, Yard Sale by Eve Bunting, and City Cat by Kate Banks. She currently draws and dreams in Harrisburg, PA.

Visit her at laurencastillo.com
Follow her on Instagram at @studiocastillo
Follow her on Twitter at @studiocastillo

Praise For…


"A sweet book, and the illustrations are charming.” —The Wall Street Journal
 
“Hugely appealing... promises adventure, lovable characters and sweet messages about helpfulness and tolerance.” —Shelf Awareness, starred review“

An outstanding new chapter book with the cozy feel of a classic.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Caldecott Honor Book creator Castillo lovingly offers up this story of friendship and bravery, which she liberally illustrates with sweet, sketchy artwork created in pen, pencil, and watercolor.” —Booklist, starred review

“A gentle book about the gifts new friends bring into our lives.” —BookPage, starred review 

 “Evoke[s] a timeless sensibility, rich with foliage and burgeoning friendship…. Castillo’s friendly message about community, courage, and new beginnings should be a hit.” —Publisher’s Weekly

Our Friend Hedgehog feels like a modern-day Winnie the Pooh It’s so warm and full of joy and love. It’s got classic written all over it.” —Victoria Jamieson, Newbery Honor-winning author of Roller Girl
 
"What a sweet, lovely, comforting book, with a timeless world and cast of characters. Like any true friend, Hedgehog feels as if she has been here all along." —Laurel Snyder, National Book Award Nominee for Orphan Island

“Gracefully interweaving pictures and words, Castillo transports young readers into the natural world where they meet beloved Hedgehog and her friends. Gentle and full of heart.” —Abby Hanlon, author of Dory Fantasmagory

“This story feels like a book-shaped hug—it's a gentle, lovely tale about the magical first friendship that makes us feel treasured and courageous. You’ll want to read it aloud to a person (or pet) you love.” —Natalie Lloyd, New York Times bestselling author of A Snicker of Magic

"I love, love, love, love, love Hedgehog, Mutty, Mole, Owl, Beaver, Hen, the Chicks, and Annika Mae. I cannot wait to encourage every second-grade teacher to read it aloud. It is a perfect read-aloud.” —Mr. Schu, educator and author

"This is the type of story childhood memories are woven of." —Pernille Ripp, educator and creator of Global Read Aloud
Product Details
ISBN: 9781524766719
ISBN-10: 1524766712
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 5th, 2020
Pages: 128
Series: Our Friend Hedgehog