A little hedgehog stars in an interactive bedtime story.
As the book opens, the hedgehog is fast asleep in bed, surrounded by toys, when an unseen someone turns on the light. “Turn off that light!” he yells, and it goes out—only to be turned back on. This sequence repeats itself again and again! Who is doing it—the toys scattered about the room? No, the word CLICK at the top of the verso is the clue—it’s you, the readers. It may take some adult help for young listeners to catch up with that device, but the black double-page spreads lit with white speech balloons that alternate with the colorful scenes of the bedroom and toys effectively establish the setup. The hedgehog becomes more and more unraveled by the proceedings, making considerable mayhem and even uttering maniacal laughter as it attempts to take control of the situation. The ending is a surprise, possibly even a letdown, as hedgehog’s dilemma is resolved with a glass of water. The digital illustrations depict the hedgehog with a brush of bristles, big eyes, and tiny legs; the palette is surprisingly subdued for such a manic setup, dominated by grays and pastels, but the graphic-novel–style layout effectively uses panels to amp up the energy.
Once young ones catch on to what’s happening, they will no doubt demand repeat reads—followed by much switching on and off of the lights. (Picture book. 3-5)