Early Book Review: Hedgehog by Ashlyn Anstee

Hedgehog by Ashlyn Anstee is a picturebook currently scheduled for release on May 8 2018. Hedgehog is hogging the hedge and won't let the other animals live there. 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, but 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?
Hedgehog is a story about sharing, cooperation, and more. It has its humorous moments, but is mainly a political allegory.  The illustrations were cute, but felt a little unpolished to me, although the did show the moods and ideas of the story well. The book is good, and the story does a good job of imparting the intended lesson. However it just did not wow me, it fell a little flat for me.

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