An adorable hedgehog forgets about the upcoming Halloween party. Now the day is here, and he has no costume to wear. Thank goodness he’s got a determined and creative trio of friends to help him out.
Pinto and Sutton (Hedgehug: A Sharp Lesson in Love, 2011) tackle a topic that is all too familiar—what to wear? Hannah the armadillo is the first on the scene to help her friend. When he “slip[s] his costume carefully over his head” and yells, “Boooooo!” a terrible rip turns Hedgehug the ghost into a wedge of Swiss cheese. Edie the owl uses purple balloons and a few leaves to turn Hedgehug into a bunch of grapes…before they all pop. Doris the rabbit snips and clips fabric for a mummy costume, but he trips when he tries to walk. With his hopes of attending the party unraveling, he begins to return home. But on his way, he notices that “something [is] following him.” He nervously turns to the shadowy figure only to find out it is his friends who have thought up “the perfect costume”—a cactus! The vividly hued illustrations, created in part by textured collage, nicely complement the urgent dialogue propelling the story, while the spunky earnestness that shines through the simple features of the characters and the energy captured in their silhouettes are endearing.
A Halloween story that’s more cozy than creepy. (Picture book. 3-7)