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Picture book of the month

Wide Awake Hedgehog collage

Our picture book of the month for November is Wide-awake Hedgehog by Rosie Wellesley, a simple, gentle and fun story that explores friendship, the seasons, nature, changes in the world around us and animal behaviour through the eyes of a much-loved hedgehog. A wonderful story to read aloud to your grandchildren, especially at bedtime.

Isaac the hedgehog first appeared in The Very Helpful Hedgehog, Rosie Wellesley’s debut picture book, which was shortlisted for the Junior Magazine awards and featured as a CBeebies Bedtime Story.

Now Isaac is back in this perfectly-timed story of autumn and hibernation, and children who claim they are NOT SLEEPY at bedtime!

Isaac is not sleepy. In fact, he's quite the opposite – he's wide awake and wants to play. However, autumn is coming and all his animal friends are going into hibernation. They're struggling to keep their eyes open and soon disappear one-by-one to shelter from the approaching winter. The only playmate Isaac can find is an invisible friend. Will their games together be enough to tire him out for a long, long sleep?

Rosie Wellesley was born in London but grew up in Morocco, Pakistan and the West Country. She studied as an undergraduate at L'ecole des Beaux Arts in Aix en Provence and at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art in Oxford. Last year, she graduated from the postgraduate diploma at Prince's School of Drawing in London. She now lives and works in East London.

Wide-awake Hedgehog is published by Pavilion Children's Books and is available to buy online and from all good booksellers. And we have 50 gorgeous copies to give away! See below to enter our draw.


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