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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Our Friend Hedgehog by Lauren Castillo


Beagles and Books is excited to be part of the Our Friend Hedgehog blog tour organized by Rockstar Book Tours.

About the Book:
Author/Illustrator: Lauren Castillo
Pub. Date: May 5, 2020
Pubisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Pages: 122
Find it: GoodreadsAmazonKindleB&

Publisher’s Summary:

From a Caldecott Honor-winning artist comes a cozy classic-in-the-making about finding your friends and sticking together through thick and thin.

Our Friend Hedgehog feels like a modern-day Winnie the Pooh . It’s so warm and full of joy and love. It’s got classic written all over it.” –Victoria Jamieson, Newbery Honor-winning author of Roller Girl

Sometimes you make a friend,
and it feels like you have known that friend your entire life. . . .

Hedgehog lives on a teeny-tiny island with only her stuffed dog, Mutty, for company. When a great storm carries Mutty away, she embarks on a quest to find her friend. Following the trail of clues Mutty left behind, brave Hedgehog meets a wiggly Mole, a wordy Owl, a curmudgeonly Beaver, a scatterbrained Hen and Chicks, and a girl who’s new to the neighborhood, Annika May. With bravery and teamwork, there’s nothing that can stop these seven from finding Mutty, but along the way they discover something even more important: each other.

The first book in a new series from Caldecott Honor winner Lauren Castillo, Our Friend Hedgehog: The Story of Us has the feel of a timeless classic, introducing an unforgettable cast of characters who will star in many more adventures to come.

The first book in the Our Friend Hedgehog series, The Story of Us tells how Hedgehog’s circle of friends grew.  At first, it was just Hedgehog and Mutty, two friends living on an island.

But when a terrible storm carries away Mutty, Hedgehog finds the courage to take a journey to find her dear pup.  On her travels, Hedgehog meets Mole, Owl, Beaver, Hen and Chicks, and finally, Annika Mae, a young girl who recently moved to Hedge Hollow.  Each character is introduced in a chapter where readers gets to know their unique personality and traits.

Reading about Hedgehog and her friends transported me back to the books of my childhood.  I grew up on friendship stories like Frog and Toad and Winnie the Pooh.  And I love that Annika Mae takes photographs with a classic Polaroid.   As a reading specialist who works with striving readers, I appreciate all the supports author/illustrator Lauren Castillo provides to help children who are transitioning to reading chapter books. A map of Hedge Hollow and an illustrated cast of characters appear before the first chapter, rich and warm artwork graces on almost every page, and short chapters make the novel less daunting.

Can’t wait for my students to meet Hedgehog, Annika Mae, and all the other animals in Hedge Hollow!

About Lauren:


Lauren studied illustration at the Maryland Institute College of Art and received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She is the author and illustrator of the 2015 Caldecott Honor winning book, Nana in the City, as well as The Troublemaker and Melvin and the Boy. Lauren has also illustrated several critically acclaimed picture books, including Kirkus Prize finalist Imagine by Juan Felipe Herrera, Twenty Yawns by Jane Smiley, and Yard Sale by Eve Bunting. She currently draws and dreams in Harrisburg, PA.

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Giveaway Details:

3 winners will win a finished copy of OUR FRIEND HEDGEHOG, US Only.  Click link to enter!

Tour Schedule:

Week Three:

5/11/2020 Hurn Publications Review
5/12/2020 Locks, Hooks and Books Review
5/13/2020 Beagles & Books Review
5/14/2020 Log Cabin Library Excerpt
5/15/2020 YA Book Nerd Review

Week Four:

5/18/2020 Adventures in Literature Review
5/19/2020 ❧Defining Ways❧ Review
5/20/2020 Two Chicks on Books Interview
5/21/2020 Lifestyle of Me Review
5/22/2020 Cindy’s Love of Books Review

Week Five:

5/25/2020 A Dream Within A Dream Excerpt
5/26/2020 Do You Dog-ear? Review
5/27/2020 Such A Novel Idea Review
5/28/2020 Sometimes Leelynn Reads Review
5/29/2020 Twirling Book Princess Excerpt


3 thoughts on “Blog Tour & Giveaway: Our Friend Hedgehog by Lauren Castillo”

  1. Congrats, Lauren, this books looks adorable + cozy = perfect for these uncertain days! I’m a big fan of your art…and looks like you’re a fellow lefty, too:-)

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  2. Congrats, Lauren!

    I love Lauren’s art & this cover, and of course, HEDGEHOGS!!! It looks really sweet. Thanks for sharing, Laura!

    Liked by 1 person

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