The Hodgeheg, Paperback
4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


The Hodgeheg by Dick King-Smith is a much-loved classic!

Now part of the collectible Puffin Modern Classics series.

Max, the hedgehog who becomes a hodgeheg, who becomes a hero!

Max's family dreams of reaching the Park. But no one has ever found a safe way of crossing the very busy road.

Young Max, who is brighter than the average hedgehog, is determined to solve the problem. "A nicely told, darkly humorous story about how hedgehogs can avoid getting squashed on the road". (Guardian). "A huge favourite". (Observer). Dick King-Smith served in the Grenadier Guards during the Second World War, and afterwards spent twenty years as a farmer in Gloucestershire, the country of his birth.

Many of his stories are inspired by his farming experiences.

He wrote a great number of children's books, including The Sheep-Pig (winner of the Guardian Award and filmed as Babe), Harry's Mad, Noah's Brother, The Queen's Nose, Martin's Mice, Ace, The Cuckoo Child and Harriet's Hare (winner of the Children's Book Award in 1995).

In 2009 he was made an OBE for services to children's literature.

Dick King-Smith died in 2011 at the age of eighty-eight.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 96 pages, Illustrations
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: General
  • ISBN: 9780141317229



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Very short little animal story. Courage. Bravery. In a hedgehog, no less.

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What? No reviews?!<br/><br/>I adored this book when I was little. I loved hedgehogs -- still do -- and I loved Dick King-Smith's writing. I loved it so much that I would have given it a five star rating, so that's what I will do now. Now, obviously, it's a really simple and quick read -- though at least I think there are no plot holes. It's anthropomorphic, though written as if the narrator is a part of the hedgehogs' world, rather than the humans' world. It's a little unbelievable, though not too much so, for a child. If I were a lollipop lady, I'd love to help out a family of hedgehogs. The main problem to the adult mind is the idea of hedgehogs trying to figure out a road safety plan.<br/><br/>There are some nice little realistic details, like the description of the difference between a juvenile and an adult hedgehog, and how noisy young hedgehogs are (it really is true). The illustrations are sweet, too.<br/><br/>And if you insist on a moral, I suppose it has one -- road safety.

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