Perfect Picture Book Friday: Hedgehog Needs a Hug PLUS Giveaway

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday! I’m so happy to bring you one of the new 2018 debuts! This one is such a perfect marriage of text and illustrations – and one of the reasons for that is because it was created by the very talented author/illustrator Jen Betton. I fell in love with her heartfelt drawings of all of the animal characters and I think you will also. And guess what? Jen will be stopping by Will Write for Cookies tomorrow with an inside peek at her writing/illustrating life.

Don’t forget to leave a comment on this post and on tomorrow’s for a chance to win a copy of this wonderful book!


hedgehog needs a hug coverHEDGEHOG NEEDS A HUG

Written and illustrated by Jen Betton

Published by G.P.Putnam’s Sons (June 2018)

Ages: 4-8

Themes: Friendship

Synopsis: From Amazon: 

Everyone needs hugs, even if they’re prickly.

When Hedgehog wakes up feeling down in the snout and droopy in the prickles, he knows a hug will make him feel much better. But none of his animal friends are eager to wrap their arms around Hedgehog’s prickles, and he’s too smart to fall for Fox’s sly offer.

Then Hedgehog gets a surprise: Another animal in the forest is feeling exactly the same way.

Luckily, both are kind and brave enough for the perfect hug

Why I like this book:

  • Text filled with heart and humor is paired with gorgeous heartfelt illustrations
  • I LOVE friendship stories – and so do children
  • Kids will really relate to how Hedgehog is feeling


25-cute-hedgehog-craftsPhoto courtesy:

Can you believe all of these awesome hedgehog crafts? For detailed instructions, please go to:

Matthew Winner gave a shout out to Jen’s new trailer for HEDGEHOG NEEDS A HUG:

Don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered in the book giveaway…and please support your favorite authors and illustrators by buying their books, telling friends about their books, and writing reviews for their books.

And definitely don’t miss coming tomorrow when author/illustrator Jen Betton stops by to chat on Will Write for Cookies.

Happy Summer to all…and have a safe weekend!



About viviankirkfield

Writer for children - Reader forever Mom of 3, educator, author of FOUR OTTERS TOBOGGAN: AN ANIMAL COUNTING BOOK (Pomegranate Press, 2019), PIPPA'S PASSOVER PLATE (Holiday House, 2019), FROM HERE TO THERE: INVENTIONS THAT CHANGED THE WAY WE MOVE (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019), SWEET DREAMS, SARAH (Creston Books, 2019), picture book junkie, lover of travel, hiking, fly-fishing, cooking, and playing Monopoly with my 9-year old grandson.

Posted on June 22, 2018, in book giveaway, Craft activities for kids, Perfect Pictture Book Friday, Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 38 Comments.

  1. This book looks adorable! Can’t wait to read it!


  2. Vivian and Jen, I fell in love with the cover when it was first released. I can’t wait to read it. Thanks for the fun activity suggestions.


  3. I just love that hedgie’s smile! What a perfect premise for that pokey little pal, can’t wait to read this book!


  4. I’ve been hearing about this wonderful book and would love a copy for our library ! I feel students could really benefit from this book!


  5. Can’t wait to read this one – sooooo cute!

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  6. Beth Gallagher

    This looks adorable!!! (I have a soft spot for these little creatures.) Thanks for another Perfect Picturebook Friday! ♥️♥️♥️


  7. Oh my goodness-the language in the description–“droopy in the prickles.” LOVE! That alone makes me want to read this. Congratulations Jen and thank you for the great post, Vivian.


  8. Sherri Jones Rivers

    Hugs are for everyone, even prickly pals. Such a cute premise. This will resonate with kids and adults alike. Thanks, Vivian, for featuring Jen’s book.


  9. Hedgehogs are just the very cutest! Looks like a lovely story.


  10. Olivia Rehfield

    Thank you Vivian for this wonderful article, and thank you Jen for the encouragement to me that one can write and illustrate their own book…BOOM! Look forward to tomorrow…
    Warmest regards

    Olivia Rehfield


  11. Carolyn Davis

    Judging by the cover this would be a great book to add to class library ❤


  12. Tracy Scaglione

    I’d love to have this big in our a school library collection!


  13. This book looks so adorable I just want to “hug” it!!!


  14. This book looks so wonderful. I can’t wait to read it. Love the craft ideas! Thanks.


  15. Looks like another great title Vivian- thanks!


  16. This is such a cute book! I can’t wait to read it.


  17. Endearing book and some really great crafts!!


  18. What a sweet book for a young child. Love the illustrations! Great hedgehog activities.


  19. What an adorable picture book, and the craft book is wonderful too. Thanks for the chance to win Hedgehog’s story.


  20. sherry alexander

    I love hedgehogs, and am looking forward to sharing this story with my grandson.


  21. This book reminds me of a very special hedgehog that belonged to nephew, and yes it loved being loved!


  22. Love the concept and the darling book cover. AND what great craft ideas for kiddies!


  23. mariagianferrari

    OMG–I LOVE that cover, Vivian!! And those hedgehog crafts are absolutely adorable!!!


  24. I’m already in love with this book & I haven’t read it yet! I mean, who wouldn’t hug a hedgehog with droopy prickles?! 🙂


  25. Yay! Jen Betton is an extremely hard worker and super great at what she does. Her eye for color is spot on and I just lover her humor:)


  26. Can’t wait to check this one out – the illustrations look awesome. And hey, I love hedgehogs, so there’s that, too.


  27. This looks like an adorable book


  28. David McMullin

    Poor little sweet hedgehog. This looks fun.


  29. Hedgehogs have always been my grown son’s favorite animal. Can’t wait to share this new picture book with him!


  30. I remember my mother telling me when I was a child about a pet hedgehog she had when she lived in Germany. I’ve already logged into my library’s web page to reserve this book.


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