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The Hodgeheg (A young Puffin story book) Paperback – 6 Feb 2003
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About the Author
Formerly a farmer and a teacher, Dick King-Smith is best-known for his third career as a writer. His phenomenally successful children's stories are marked by endearing humour and characters of unique depth and life. THE SHEEP-PIG won The Guardian Award and was transformed into the blockbusting film, BABE, which added hugely to his profile. Dick lives in Keynsham, near Bristol.
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This is wonderful for a newly confident reader, or as in my son's case, a great first chapter book to share at bedtime.
Hedgehogs are being killed on the roads outside of number 5A on their way to the hunting grounds of the Park. Young Max decides he will find a way to cross the road safely and starts exploring the options...
I never thought of this as a 'road safety' story when I was eight, but of course it is. The aspect I always remembered was Max getting his head bumped and mixing all his words up. It was how I first discovered you could play with words to make them sound funny and create new words. Thank you Dick King-Smith for that.
Max tries zebra crossings, pelican crossings and determines their bad points scientifically before discovering an option that may work for small, slow hedgehogs... My son was beaming in the last chapter, he just loved it.
It's a read that trains children to listen to longer stories, or read for themselves without too big a leap - lots of pictures, short chapter and large text, a very funny and engaging story with a likeable hero.
A favourite of mine, and now of my son's!
Back then I was 9 years old, and thought it was one of the sweetest and funniest books I had ever read. Now I'm 25 and my opinion has not changed.
After receiving a nasty bump on the head whilst trying to cross the road, Max the young hedgehog suddenly becomes a Hodgeheg, and starts getting all of his words confused. He gets lost on his way home, and has a little adventure.
This is an excellent book for adults to read to children, and also for those children who are developing reading fluency. Boys and girls from 8 upwards will enjoy this story.
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