With no prickles to protect himself, Hoglet struggles to find food and a safe place to hibernate through the cold Scottish winter.
On his long journey he meets a mouse, an owl, a fox, a wildcat, some Highland cows, and even an ostrich! But will they help him or try to eat him? And will he ever grow his spines?
A simple yet mature tale, with themes of survival in the natural kingdom, perseverance, and charity. The vulnerabilities and strengths of Hoglet through difficult times endures long after the book is put down.
Paperback, 192 pages. 198 x 130 mm. Text with 40 black and white illustrations throughout.
Recommended for 7 - 10 years.
'What better character for a children's novel than everybody's favourite garden vistor the hedgehog... This book is a funny, heart-warming tale that reminds you of the struggle for survival that many animals face during winter. What I loved best about this book is that the story is based on the author's own experiences of nursing autumn orphans over the years in her home in Scotland. The lovely simple illustrations also add to the charm of this story that will appeal to young and old.' -- Emily Jones, MammalsUK, Winter 2010
'Best Book! How will poor Hoglet survide a cold Scottish winter without any spines to protect himself? Read Hoglet the Spineless Hedgehog to find out! Find this super-cute story in all good book shops!' -- Animals and You, April 2010
'There's plentiful awareness of wildlife and the plight of hedgehogs as a journey in search for a place to hibernate progresses.' -- The School Librarian, Summer 2010
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