Hedgehog is hogging the hedge and won't let the other animals live there. In this humorous political allegory, he learns that it's not a winning strategy.
Winter is coming, and the animals need homes. The worms move in with the groundhogs. The possums share a burrow with the foxes. The birds and the squirrels stay in the oak tree together. The hedgehog lives in the hedge . . . all by himself. When other animals come looking for a place to stay, he's NOT interested; it's HIS hedge and everyone else can STAY OUT. He gets busy making signs, putting locks on his door and even building a fence. All he cares about is keeping the other animals out . . . but he's making a huge mistake.
Will the other animals find a home in time? Will Hedgehog learn his lesson? Is this a terrific story? Read on to find out.
About the Author
ASHLYN ANSTEE grew up in a rainy city in Canada and then settled in a sunny city in the United States. She works as a story artist at JibJab/StoryBots, and in her spare time, makes tiny things out of paper. She writes, draws, illustrates, animates and is the creator of the books No, No, Gnome! and Are We There, Yeti? Ashlyn has never hogged a hedge, but she does live by herself in Los Angeles, California.
"This entertaining tale will easily open doors to dialogue about generosity, forgiveness, and the importance of recognizing that 'there’s always room for one more'." --Publishers Weekly
"An easily applicable allegory full of dreamy bigheartedness." --Kirkus Reviews
"While the balanced text is brief and accessible to new readers, it packs drama in just the right places. Hedgehog, Grasshopper, and company do a wonderful job of demonstrating how sharing and compassion can work." --Booklist
"This humourous story is sure to be loved by young children and is guaranteed to make readers of all ages smile. . . . Highly recommended." --CM Magazine
Readers will enjoy terrific descriptions, action-packed adventure and a superb sense of the brutality, harshness but beauty of the wintery existence that surrounds these characters. It's no wonder dogs are descended from misunderstood wolves, as the bravery and ultimate loyalty of these canines can not be refuted. As with Rooftoppers, Rundell lets readers truly inhabit her world and are fully invested in this satisfying tale. Highly reommended! - Maureen