Hattie and Horace are the very best of friends. They love to do things together, but there is one thing that they just can’t share. Hattie and Horace are hedgehogs and they can’t hug. They try all sorts of solutions to their prickly problem, but no matter what the season or what they try, the hugs just don’t work properly. What will they do?
Written and illustrated by UK husband and wife team Steve Wilson (author) and Lucy Tapper (illustrator), Hedgehugs is a sweet picture book ideal for bedtime storytime followed by cuddles with mum or dad. It is a lovely story about friendship, a gentle introduction to the difference seasons, and it even manages to solve a common household mystery (you’ll have to read it to find out which one).
The illustrations are just gorgeous. Tapper used old baby clothes to create the backgrounds and characters for the story, giving a wonderfully tactile look to the pages. The text is simple, talking about all the things Horace and Hattie do together, as well as their attempts to safely give each other a friendly hug.
Hedgehugs is the perfect book to read as you cuddle with your toddler on Valentine’s Day, or any other day of the year.
Author: Steve Wilson
Illustrator: Lucy Tapper
Publisher: Maverick Arts Publishing, $14.99 RRP
Publication Date: January 2014
For ages: 2-6
Type: Picture book