Harriet the Hedgehog by Victoria Brock – review

Published by Victoria Brock

Publication date – 2 April 2013

Source – review copy


“Beautiful Children’s book with traditional illustrations. This book is about a Hedgehog who doesn’t have any spikes. Written for my twin nieces who were diagnosed with leukaemia in September 2009 within a week of each other. £1 of every book sold goes to Starlight Children’s Foundation.” (synopsis and image from Amazon)

It is always difficult to write an in depth review for a children’s story such as this as often times the review would turn out to be longer than the actual book.

This is a charming little tale about a hedgehog who is different from her family and friends. Apprehensive when she has to attend school, she doesn’t know how the other hedgehogs will treat her.

This is a short story, told in rhyming couplets and matched with lovely illustrations. My two year old likes to settle down and listen to the tale, a couple of readings at a time, solemnly turning to me and saying ‘got no spines’ with a little shake of the head.

The moral of the story is that it’s ok to be different, that we shouldn’t fear it and that people can be far more accepting than we give them credit for.


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