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Hedgie's Surprise by Jan Brett
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Dec 29, 2008

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Recommended for: hedgehog fans
Read in December, 2008

2 Stars for the Story--Four Stars for the Illustrations.
Okay, how could I not love a story where a hedgehog is the hero of the tale!? Go, Hedgie!!! But, however cute Hedgie and Henny might be, the tale left me a bit annoyed. I'm not clear what the "moral" of the story is (aside from helping one's friends) because the naughty elf that keeps stealing Henny's eggs (and is eventually thwarted by Hedgie) doesn't seem to suffer more than a prick when Hedgie pretends to be an egg at the end. But there is no prickle of his conscience!!! The naughty lad goes right home and gets a delicious breakfast of porridge from his mother, further proving that he stole Henny's eggs only because he is spoiled. While I think Brett meant for this to be a happily-ever-after for all involved, I felt that a bit more justice needed to be served on our "rotten egg" of a thief.
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