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Porcupining: A Prickly Love Story

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  310 Ratings  ·  58 Reviews
What could be more poignant than a porcupine pining for a companion? With pun-filled prose and pleasing pictures, this passionate tale of love and friendship between two prickly creatures in a petting zoo makes a perfect read aloud (and a sublime Valentine).
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published December 2nd 2005 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2003)
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Dov Zeller
Nov 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kids, picture-book
The idea of this one is cute, and there's a banjo-playing porcupine in it, which I guess is why it gets two stars. Though I kind of want to give it one. (I had to make up most of the words as I read it.)

Premise. A lonely porcupine lives at a petting zoo. Rut roh. That got a few laughs.

He decides enough is enough of being all alone, and goes out looking for love, playing his banjo and crooning lonely songs, first to a rabbit, then a pig, next a beavers, and finally...(spoiler alert).

This is the s
Feb 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Cushion, the lonely porcupine, sets out with his trusty banjo(?) to woo a mate. Too bad his serenades are downright insulting. He attempts to court a bunny with the line . . . rabbits aren't too icky, calls the pig fat, and makes fun of a beaver's teeth. Does this work for him? (view spoiler)
Amy Yingling
Feb 12, 2018 rated it liked it
This story was cute! A male porcupine, Cushion is his name, is on the lookout for love at the petting zoo, yep a porcupine that lives in a petting zoo. Cushion plays his guitar and sings the saddest song all over the petting zoo, but he is constantly spurred by all the other girl animals that is until he meets Barb the Hedgehog. So Cushion croons Barb a love song and the rest I think you can figure out.
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
5/5 Even tho there is more to life than finding a wife! 13/10 cuteness
Feb 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture
Cushion the Porcupine wants to find love. Don't we all? Well. The picture book crowd may not be looking to get married but they understand wanting friends and someone to play with.

We had fun reading this one today in kindergarten. Started with a non-fic book about porcupines. There are 26 different kinds and they can weigh up to 66 pounds. Did you know that?

Anyway, back to Cushion. He tries to woo a bunny rabbit, a pig, and a beaver with some truly terrible songs that everyone will enjoy singing
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lisa Wheeler is a genius! This book is great for teaching manners, using kind words. Cushion never has a clue when he's unkind . . . and often neither do we!! When I shared with children we interacted by saying, "Dude, that's rude!" when Cushion didn't get it quite right . . . Great for sparking discussion. Fun to sing Cushion's sad, sad song with a country music twang!
Tara Corcilius
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was a very emotional and funny in a way kind of book. The story represents how people are rude and judge people by their covers. If you read this book you will get the emotional roller coaster that Cushion goes through. Over all I think this is my favorite book
Ashley Adkins
Oct 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Cute, yet sad, idea to write about a porcupine looking for love. However, I did not like the personality of the other characters - too mean to be in a children's book. I felt the story was a little too simple and seemed rushed at the end. I enjoyed the illustrations and the colors used.
Fred Slusher
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful love story.
Rebekah Dorsey
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"I've been so lonesome all my life. No one will get near. I'm porcupining for a wife, someone to hold me dear."
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Soooooo cute. Heartbreaking beginning (who puts a porcupine in a petting zoo) and heartwarming ending. The song is just hysterical.
Stacy Natal
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A cute story about a porcupine trying to find a mate that would love him despite his imperfections. My kids understood his pointing out everyone else's imperfections because we discussed it, but some may see his comments about others (calling the pig fat, the rabbits icky) as insulting. I saw it more as, we all have our "quills" and we just have to find the right person to put up with them. The song was the favorite part of the book for my kiddos.
Jan 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I wanted to like this one--it was such a cute concept! Plus, I love plays on words.

However, it rubbed me the wrong way; and for a book about a porcupine, that's a problem.

The personal insults he throws at other animals in the name of serenading them was never resolved and the inter-species thing was not clearly inaccurate; for instance, if it were a dog and a cat, most kids would know that they wouldn't really be mates. A porcupine and a hedgehog look closely related, so a kid might pick this up
Feb 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Cushion on üksildane miniloomaaias elav okassiga. Kui kõiki teisi loomi võib tavaliselt paitada, siis okassea puhul pole see "soovitatav".

"Cushion was a porcupine with a problem. he lived in a petting zoo. That was the problem. No one would pet a porcupine.
There were even signs outside his habitat that read:

KEEP OUT and worst of all

Kurb okassiga läheb omale naist otsima ja laulab serenaade erinevatele loomadele. Ta on seejuures küllaltki ebaviisakas, näiteks laulab ta
Jan 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I ended up reading this book while looking for easy to read books for a class assignment. I saw the name, which is so adorable, and just had to read it. It's so sad that Cushion lives in a petting zoo but no one is allowed to pet him and he is isolated. He starts writing sad songs (Porcupining!)about how much he wants to find a wife and find love. One night he goes around to all of the different animals singing about how he wants a wife, but no one wants him there until he finds Barb. She is a h ...more
Julie Graham 47150
Feb 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
After hearing one of my students read her story about a hedgehog during author's chair, the interpreter for my student who is deaf recommended that I read this story to my class. It's a cute story about a porcupine that never gets any attention at a petting zoo so he sets off to find a mate. There are lots of puns in the story ("poking fun," "got the point," "sharper sense of humor" etc.) which went unnoticed by most of my first graders. However, I had two clever kids who not only noticed, but f ...more
Stephanie Croaning
This is a cute picture book about a porcupine looking for love in all the wrong places. Cushion is lonely in the petting zoo, because no one wants to pet a porcupine. So he sets out looking for love, and when he arrives at each possible match - rabbit, pink sow, beaver -- he sings them a romantic song to woo them. Unfortunately, Cushion could really use some work on his word choice! But as we know, there's a perfect match for everyone out there somewhere...

The illustrations are cute and typical
Colona Public Library
This book has my favorite animal in it, a hedgehog! It's a cute story about searching for someone who doesn't mind your quills! (even though a hedgehog and a porcupine could never really get together) My favorite quote is...
"You don't look like a hedge or a hog!" said Cushion.
"And you don't look like a pork or a pine!" said Barb

You can pick up this book at the Colona Public Library. ~Ashley
Oh the silliness. Plus, I totally had the song stuck in my head during the day today. The girls and I read the book, I wailed the song, and we were all happy at the end. (view spoiler)
Feb 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 3-8 yr old girls
Another wonderful story by Lisa! This time it's a sad, but funny porcupine in a petting zoo! He needs someone to love but he goes about it in terrible manner, insulting all the animals in the zoo. Unfortunately he doesn't realize this, as he's singing his heart out hoping for love. It ends well tho!
Amy Burch
Dec 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
The porcupine is an outsider at the petting zoo because no one is aloud to pet him. Later, he finds his true love. I feel like the moral of the story is, you aren't the only one and it is okay to be an outsider. This would be a good book to read if you are having trouble with bullying in the classroom.
Rosa Cline
Apr 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids
Such a different storybook for children. It was a joy to read to my preschool granddaughter. A porcupine in a petting zoo is lonely. There is signs up on his cage saying no petting, and that makes him sad. He sets off to try and find a wife, but everywhere he turns he can't find on. But in the end I finds what he's looking for. A very sweet story.
Aug 20, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a silly story about a porcupine looking for love at the petting zoo. Cute illustrations and funny lyrics to his songs make this a fun book to read aloud. It's not specifically about Valentine's Day, but since it's a love story, that's a good time of year to read this book. We enjoyed reading this book together and we've read it a couple of times.
The Brothers
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful story of a lonely porcupine in a petting zoo who sets out one night to find himself a wife. He sings his sad (and often a bit insulting) songs to a variety of other animals who rebuff his efforts to woo them into becoming his wife. At last he comes across a hedgehog and they live happily ever after. Very cute, I laughed out loud at his songs.

Great illustrations.
Ariel Cummins
Oct 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
What's a porcupine to do when he's in a petting zoo? Strike out on his own and find a wife. Although this particular porcupine's songs are more offensive than sweet, and he keeps striking out -- until he meets the hedgehog of his dreams!

Pretty straight-forward kids book illustrations on this one.

The songs in this book and the multiple voices would make it a fun story for a story time!
Annie Slagboom
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Porcupining: A Prickly Love Story is well written. I especially love the clever pun on words. Children will love the melodic song and will even sing the off tune lyrics.

I read this book to children on Valentine's Day. Always gives them chuckles and plenty to comment on.

A fun book to read out loud.

Jean Oram
May 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
This little porcupine is pining for a mate. But who will enjoy his er, um, lovely and very truthful songs and fall for him? Certainly not the pigs. Certainly not the other animals at the petting farm. So, who will he find that will love him and all his prickles?

Kids love it if you sing the catchy song in a mournful, out of tune voice. They'll be singing along too.

Great for ages 4-7.
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
The kids laughed hysterically when I read this too them, especially when I whispered to them, did he just call the pig fat? Etc. this was a rollicking good adventure as the porcupine searched for a wife. The songs just made the silliness come to life.
Feb 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Sick of being ignored by the children at the petting zoo, and longing for some companionship, Cushion the porcupine sets out to find a wife. The song he sings to each potential wife is a highlight, and despite Cushion's prickly body, he does end up with a suitable wife.
Jessica Bingham
Jan 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: animals, children-s
One of the best love stories I have ever read! Porcupine wants a wife, so he sets off with his guitar in search of his one true love. He tries to sing to all the animals he comes across, but none are persuaded by his song, until he meets a hedgehog. Great Story!!
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