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Author: Benn Sutton

Illustrator: Dan Pinto

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Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers, 2013

Material: hard cover

Summary: Happy Halloween! It's time for the Halloween party, but Hedgehug doesn't have a costume. His friends try to help as they make their way to the party. Will he be a ghost, a bunch of grapes, a mummy, or will he use his unique features to make the perfect costume? This seasonal picture book celebrates friendship and creative problem solving.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Reading Level: 2.1

Age of Child: Read with children ages 3 and 5.

Young Reader Reaction: My kids really liked Hedghug's Halloween. They loved the story and guessing what costumes Hedgehug would try. They asked for - and we read - this book many times.

Adult Reader Reaction: I liked the book's sweet story, cute illustrations, adorable characters, and a nice message about helping your friends. I was not surprised my kids liked Hedgehug's Halloween. It's a lovely and gentle book about animals with a tinge of humor and those books really appeal to my children.

Pros: Combine cute characters and a lovely narrative and you have a fun holiday story with a great message.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. It is such a lovely book and is a great book to check out of the library at Halloween. I'm not sure it would keep my children' attention year round.


Educational Themes: The story offers two themes that can open conversations with kids: the importance of helping a friend and being true to yourself, who you are, and recognizing your unique skills / assets.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book series, animal characters, Halloween, friendship, problem solving

Date(s) Reviewed: February 2016

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