“Hedgehugs” by Lucy Tapper and Steve Wilson
Horace and Hattie are two hedgehogs that are the very best of friends and do everything together. Their days are pretty fantastic spent together, although they do have one ever-present problem. They can’t hug each other because they are too spiky. They proceed to try every solution that they can possibly think of ranging from rolling in snow to tree bark shields. And my favorite, covering themselves in strawberries. (Which obviously doesn’t work because its too sticky! Of course!) Nothing seems to work until at last they try climbing inside some sockys. To their sheer delight it does the trick.
Horace and Hattie have become beloved characters in our home. Their sweet affection and simplistic optimism are charming and their antics are simply delightful. It’s kinda hard NOT to love them. Seriously, read the books and you will know what I mean. The illustrations with their carried parters mixed with simple shapes add the overall charm to the book and the text is light and perfect for young toddlers. They have another book coming out in a few months and we are already SO excited!
Hedgehug Mittens by From Lucy
Also, if you are looking for a toy to be a companion to this book, you can find these adorable hedgehug mittens from the illustrator’s (Lucy Tapper) website. I think they are completely adorable and the quality is fantastic and warm. I love them from their furry spikes to the red flower bow on Hattie that matches the book.
An added bonus is that I think these mittens would also make lovely puppets to go with the book. That way children can practice re-telling the story with the puppets or make-up their own new adventures with friends Horace and Hattie. It would be a wonderful extension activity for the book and help little readers practice some important literacy skills. Now, if only they came in adult sizes…..