A beautiful, heartwarming picture book with all the universal appeal of Guess How Much I Love You.
Hedgehog was feeling sad.
As sad as a hedgehog can feel.
So sad only one thing could help . . .
Tortoise was feeling sad.
As sad as a tortoise can feel.
In this clever flipbook, both a hedgehog and a tortoise are looking for a hug. They ask all the other animals they come across but for some reason no one will hug them. Until a wise owl explains: Hedgehog is too spiky; Tortoise is too bony.
And that's when they find each other!
'Feels like being enveloped in your very own hug.' Kirkus
'A smashing story time tale.' Books for Keeps
'It's utterly lovely. It makes her face light up every time she hears it.' The Guardian Best Books of 2019
This is Book 1 in the A Hedgehog and Tortoise Story Series. See all A Hedgehog and Tortoise Story books here.
Eoin McLaughlin was born in Ireland, moved to the UK and now lives in London with his wife and their new baby. Secret Agent Elephant is his second picture book, following The Hug , illustrated by Polly Dunbar.More about Eoin McLaughlin
One of the UK's most exciting picture book talents, author-illustrator of the award-winning Penguin.More about Polly Dunbar