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Max is a hedgehog who lives with his family in a nice little home, but unfortunately on the wrong side of the road from the Park, with its beautiful lily pond, and more importantly its juicy slugs, worms and snails!The busy road is a dangerous barrier but Max notices that humans seem to cross it quite easily. If they can, why can't hedgehogs? So Max sets out on a quest toMax is a hedgehog who lives with his family in a nice little home, but unfortunately on the wrong side of the road from the Park, with its beautiful lily pond, and more importantly its juicy slugs, worms and snails!The busy road is a dangerous barrier but Max notices that humans seem to cross it quite easily. If they can, why can't hedgehogs? So Max sets out on a quest to find a safe way to reach the Park.His first attempt ends in a nasty bump on the head, and Max finds when he tries to speak his words are all mixed up. He is now a Hodgeheg, not a hedgehog, but he is still determined to fulfil his mission. After some careful detective work, Max eventually discovers the best way to cross the road - with the help of the lollipop lady, of course!...

Title : The Hodgeheg
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ISBN : 9780141332383
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 112 Pages
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The Hodgeheg Reviews

  • The Styling Librarian
    2019-02-03 02:46

    The Hodgeheg by Dick King-Smith – This was quite the treasure of a book! I found it on the shelf when I was weeding the fiction section and had the mental conversation of “Dick King-Smith- how can I weed his books? They’re fantastic. Well, I’ll look through each one and pull ones that have deteriorated… Wow, a hedgehog, wow, this is cute! Must read!” So, for those close to me, they know I’m quite appreciative of all things hedgehog. Onto the book: I loved this book, quite a cute plot: a hedgehog wants to resolve the issue of hedgehogs getting hit while crossing the street. Loved the hedgehog point of view and felt like this was a cross between Toad Rage by Morris Gleitzman and Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey.

  • Anna Scott
    2019-01-24 09:00

    ‘The Hodgeheg’ is a story about an intelligent hedgehog named ‘Max’. Max lives in the garden of 5A with ‘Pa Hedgehog’, ‘Ma Hedgehog’, and his three sisters, ‘Peony Hedgehog’, ‘Penny Hedgehog’ and ‘Petunia Hedgehog’. The story begins with PA Hedgehog explaining to his children about the problems that hedgehogs have in crossing the road to get to the park. Having listened to his father’s speech, Max asks his father how humans can cross the road safely. PA Hedgehog tells his son that he does not know and sets him the challenge of finding out. The next day, Max begins his investigation. Firstly, he finds a zebra crossing and decides that this must be the secret to crossing the road safely. To test his theory, Max decides to walk across the crossing in front of a lorry. However, he quickly comes to realise that that traffic does not stop for hedgehogs, only people. After narrowly escaping being hit by the lorry, and a cyclist, Max returns home and explains to his family what happened before going into early hibernation from the shock. Max eventually wakes up and decides that he must try to cross the road again. This time he notices people crossing the road when they see a green man appearing on the traffic lights. He attempts to cross the road here but finds it difficult to avoid the people coming from the opposite direction and only just makes it to the other side. Although he has finally made it across the road, and to the park, he now has another problem; he does not know how to get back. Max considers the problem for a while and decides that the best thing to do is run across the road as quick as he can before any more traffic comes. He does so and, after the driver of a milk float almost crashes to avoid him, Max arrives home safely. Despite all of this, Max does not give up and decides that, since humans cross the road during the day, he should try this too. The next day, Max observes how the lollipop lady stops all of the traffic twice a day and allows the children to cross. Max returns home to his family with this information and, the following day, they all cross the road when the lollipop lady stops the traffic. They arrive safely at the other side and decided that they will do this once a week from now on. This book is suitable for lower KS2 classes. It can be read by the children individually or can be read by the class teacher to the children. Many talking points can be raised from this book, including the importance of road safety. However, the main message of this book is that determination is important if you want to succeed; an important value that all young children should be led to consider.

  • Quillbert
    2019-02-17 05:40

    In accordance with the FTC, I would like to disclose that I bought this book at a little shop in York. The opinions expressed are mine alone and no monetary compensation was offered to me by the publisher. Or anyone. At this rate, I'm going to have to get a job."Why did the hedgehog cross the road?" sounds like the lead-in to a bad joke. Instead, it is the premise for a cautionary tale about a curious hoglet.Max is a young hedgehog with a dream – to venture to the park on the other side of the road and hunt out the delicacies it has to offer. Curious and ambitious, he sets off to find the humans' secret to crossing the road safely. What follows is disastrous. The victim of a hit-and-run, Max becomes disoriented – head spinning, words jumbled – yet he persists in his goal.Max is an endearing protagonist. You can't help but root for his can-do attitude. He never loses sight of his goal, even when everything he thinks and says is jumbled. When asked how he is he says "KO" instead of "OK." Admittedly, this is a pretty accurate summary of his current state. Thankfully he never tries to say "Dick King-Smith." That could have rather rude results.Max's determination may come from a place or bravery or ignorance. His parents talk about the demise of many hedgehogs, but don't directly engage their children in conversation about it. He has three sisters, but unfortunately they are underdeveloped and indistinguishable from one another. My favourite character in the book is Uncle B. He is the Dumbledore of hedgehogs. His eyes twinkle and everything.'The Hodgeheg' is riddled with medical inaccuracies. Max falls asleep after suffering a concussion – very dangerous – and the book peddles the Hollywood myth that a head injury can be cured by another head injury. Max also has incredible eyesight, managing to see several details, even at night. Hedgehogs cannot see well, let alone after suffering a serious injury.'The Hodgeheg' is a short book that can be enjoyed in one sitting. It has a wonderful message about perseverance, but horrible medical advice for a story that revolves around road safety. Best read with a grain of cynicism and a dash of suspended disbelief.(From my blog: Quill Café )

  • Reetta Saine
    2019-01-27 07:46

    Kielellisesti taitaa olla vähän hankala kutosille, mutta liiskautuneiden siilien suuri sankaritarina kielivääntöineen on kyllä hauska :).

  • Max Lawson
    2019-02-19 01:32

    The Hodgeheg first published in 1987 is still a children's story that is regularly used and read by children both in and outside the classroom. It is read both for pleasure and as a tool for learning in literacy.The story follows the main character, Max. Max is a young hedgehog who wants to go to the park with his family because it is known for it's good hunting. The only problem is, it's on the other side of a busy road and many hedgehogs have died trying to get there. Max researches and tries various ways to cross the road- when it seemed less busy and at a pelican crossing. These attempts fail, and Max repeatedly gets bumped and kicked, causing his speech to become muddled and call himself a Hodgeheg. Despite the warnings from his parents and other hedgehogs Max persists with his research until one day he comes across the lolipop lady, who stops the traffic for children and allows Max to cross safely. The next morning at the crack of dawn a family of hedgehogs cross the road with the help of the lolipop lady, and they all make it to the park.There are many ways this book can be useful in the classroom and appealing to children. The use of illustrative vocabulary throughout the book can be used to develop children's own vocabulary in retelling the story and describing how the characters are feeling. This vocabulary and punctuation also allows for children to develop their understanding of how they can read with expression through roleplay and drama. The complex nature of this longer text-based storybook also makes it ideal to be used to assess and increase children's reading comprehension, both in terms of gaining information directly available from the text and inferring information from what is implied. Whilst children enjoy this story, it's length and being largely text-based with fewer illustrations means I would recommend it for use with early Key Stage 2 children. The length of this chapter-based story also means it is more suited to being an ongoing project children read over a number of weeks, with comprehension, reading with expression, retelling through writing and widening vocabulary being used at different stages as children progress through the book.

  • Emily
    2019-02-10 07:00

    ‘The Hodgeheg’ is the story of Max, a young hedgehog who wants to play in the park; his only obstacle is a busy road. When he tries to cross the road he ends up with a bump on his head, which confuses him, and he begins to say everything all jumbled up. He is determined to reach the park where there is lots of juicy food like worms so he begins to watch the humans crossing. First he see’s that when the man turns green all the humans cross. So one day he readies himself at the edge of the path and when the man turns green he tries to run across the road. He is halfway across, but then the humans from the other side approach and he gets pushed around and is unable to get to the other side. Finally he see’s the lollipop lady and with the help of his family they all cross safely together. This is a good story of road safety and overcoming obstacles, which I used with year 3 which they enjoyed and were able to access easily as a class with it being read to them. I think this would be suitable for either year 3 or 4 and could also be used for independent reading and curriculum support in PSHE for things such as road safety and overcoming obstacles. I liked this book as the children enjoyed the illustrations and the characters they met. The children found it particularly enjoyable when Max was getting his words jumbled up and they had to figure out what he was saying.

  • Maria
    2019-02-11 07:57

    Max is a hedgehog who lives with his family across the road from a park. He and his family have spent their lives dreaming about reaching the park, but are prevented from doing so by the main road which they are unable to cross.The story begins as Max’s aunty is hit while crossing the road. This encourages Max to find a safe place for Hedgehogs to cross the road. Max sets off to explore how humans cross the road safely in order to get to the park. Max's first attempt is at a zebra crossing, where he injures himself receiving a nasty bump on his head. He suddenly becomes a Hodgeheg as he begins mixing up all his words. Still determined to get safely across the road, he continues on his adventures until eventually he reaches the park. This book by Dick King-Smith is a very exciting and enjoyable read for children. The reader eagerly turns over each page never knowing what’s going to happen next. Max is a very determined, clever and brave character. The book sends out a positive message to the reader. If you persevere and try hard you can accomplish your goals. I would recommend this book for children from the age of six to nine years.

  • Nikki
    2019-02-14 03:55

    What? No reviews?!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.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.And if you insist on a moral, I suppose it has one -- road safety.

  • Anna Nerkowski
    2019-02-05 02:43

    This story is about a determined hedgehog called Max and his family. They live oppostite a wonderful park full of snails, slugs and other delights for hedgehogs. There is just one problem... the busy road between them and the park.One day Max's poor aunty tries, without success, to reach the park.She is hit by a car. This spurs Max on to investigate how humans cross the road safely. His first attempt results in a bump on the head and Max starts to muddle up his words and loses his direction. This leads to some very humorous language which children love. In the end detemined Max finds a way for hedgehogs to cross safely, with the help of a lollipop lady!This is a fun and exciting story with humorous language that children will love. It has a lovely message of perserverance and not giving up. I would recommend reading this story to a whole class and think it is suitable for year 2 upwards. It could also be used to highlight the importance of road safety.

  • Samantha Sterling
    2019-02-19 07:45

    The Hodgeheg is a brilliant book that I guarantee will put a smile on your face! This book is about a family of hedgehogs who love going to the park but cannot find a safe place to cross. A young hedgehog named Max is determined to find a safe crossing place for him and his family and decides to embarks on an exciting but dangerous adventure of his own. Max encounters quite a few problems along the way but throughout the story is determined to find out how hedgehogs can cross the road safely. This book is very funny and Dick King Smith cleverly shows the world from a hedgehogs perspective. I think this book is suitable for a wide range of children but would recommend it for early KS2. The Hodgeheg would be a brilliant book to read as a class over time as it is quite lengthy. The book teaches us a lot about hedgehogs and would be very useful in promoting road safety to young children. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and was smiling from the start - a brilliant story!

  • Beetasha Caussy
    2019-02-05 08:43

    THE HEDGEHOG (by dick king-Smith)It is a nice story book for children above 7 years old. It is basically the story of Max, the hedgehog who is the only one in hedgehog kind to unlock the greatest key of crossing the road safely. I personally enjoyed the book a lot and would strongly recommend it to children to read at least once during their childhood. Not only does it talk about a small hedgehog family life and some family etiquette but also, educate children on the rules, precautions and safety measures to be considered before crossing the road. It talks about all the do’s and don’ts while crossing the road, and also different types of aiders like lollipop man, traffic lights or zebra crossing. It also tells about the consequences if the measures are not followed. It gives an insight to real life situation which would be very beneficial for the child.

  • Shenaz Begum
    2019-02-06 04:39

    Yet another brilliant Dick-King Smith book!!! This book plays with language brilliantly and children would find it amusing and possibly difficult to understand to begin with but after one explanation they would really enjoy this book. It could be used for Literacy lessons, a lot of literacy lessons!In KS1. Children could explore road safety together using mind maps or drawings. Children could also create a story board to recollect the events in the book, they could also write their own backward sentences, playing with language. The children couldren could research hedgehogs using the internet and books and write facts about them (Cross-curricular, ICT and Literacy). And much more.............. Could even use 'Wordle Create' to write key words from text, such as hedgehog and children can print these and stick in their literacy books.

  • Cathy
    2019-01-28 05:54

    Penned by the famous children's writer Dick King Smith, The Hodgeheg follows the story of Max, the brave and curious hedgehog. Max is determined to find a safe way in which to cross the busy road in order to sample the delights of the park on the other side. However poor Max sustains a bump to the head during one of his expeditions resulting in his muddled speech.The Hodgehog is an endearing and very readable little story told from Max' persective. It has the added bonus of re enforcing issues of road safety to its readers and listeners.I would recommend this book for teachers to read during story time in years 2 and 3. This book woud also be an excellent first chapter book for independant readers in years 3 and 4, dependant upon ability.

  • Sara Darr
    2019-02-22 01:52

    This is a lovely story written by Dick King Smith the author of 'The Sheep-Pig'. The Hodgeheg tells the story of Max, a hedgehog who bumps his head after an attempt to cross the road. As as result he begins to jumble up his words when talking to others and loses sense of direction. The story deals with road safety as Max tries to understand how humans cross the road. It is quite a hilarious read and would be a good book to use as a whole class reading book. I would recommend from Y2 upwards.

  • Ho Ming Yung
    2019-02-04 01:34

    This book is a very good book. It is about a little hedgehog who went to different places. His trips are really exciting and fun. I especially liked the part when he starts going on his travel because it is really exciting. My favourite character was the hedgehog because he was really brave. I recommend this book to children 8+

  • Aidan
    2019-02-01 01:37

    I really enjoyed reading this book. It was very funny and a good laugh.

  • Rebecca
    2019-02-05 08:35

    Fonderwul!

  • Edward Davies
    2019-01-31 04:38

    An odd little book that tells the tale of a hedgehog trying to find a safe place for his family to cross the street. Still, it got the boy to sleep a few nights running.

  • Claire O'Brien
    2019-02-17 02:56

    I picked this book up in a charity shop and chose it because I saw it on a few reading lists at the school I work at. I read it to my five year old and we both enjoyed it. It gives a sense of hedgehogs' lives and road safety. It's funny, charming and beautifully written with lovely wordplay.

  • Nurgül
    2019-02-02 00:57

    Çevirisini gercekten beğendim, özellikle adının çevirisi " kipri"

  • Indah Threez Lestari
    2019-02-15 07:37

    55 - 2017

  • Emma
    2019-01-31 00:31

    A cute children's book highlighting road safety, with it's wee hero hedgehog!

  • Jennifer
    2019-01-24 02:49

    Dick King-Smith’s charming book “The Hodgeheg” tells the story of an inquisitive and intelligent young hedgehog named Max who dreams of visiting the park on the other side of the road with his family. A busy road provides an impossible obstacle, and one which has caused the death of numerous hedgehogs in the community. As such, Max makes it his personal mission to find out how humans are able to safely cross the roads. He initially discovers a Zebra Crossing, but while attempting to cross he knocks his heads causing him to muddle the words in his sentences. After being forced by his parents to rest, Max is still determined to find another way to cross and as such discovers the Pelican Crossing. However, this is met with further complications as he yet again knocks his head. Fortunately this rectifies his speech, but soon finds himself lost after crossing the road at the pelican crossing.Max soon finds himself lost in the park, and a kind hedgehog gives him directions home. He finds out that the kind hedgehog he met was infact his next door neighbour- Uncle B! Uncle B helps Max with his mission and soon discovers that the hedgehogs would be able to safely cross the road at a Zebra Crossing by a local school where there is a Lolly- Pop lady. As a result, Max is known as a hero in the hedgehog community for enabling them to safely cross the road. This book is ideal for Key Stage One children, and is extremely light- hearted and enjoyable. It could be used in Science lessons when learning about habitats and also could be used when learning about road safety and the different types of road crossings so children know where they can safely cross the road. The jumbled sentences used when Max bumps his head are also amusing for children, and as such it could also be a book used in guided reading or english whereby they could correct the sentence to how it should be written instead.

  • Asuka Mai
    2019-01-30 08:50

    *Review ini disertakan dalam 13 days Reading Children & YA LiteratureThis book is so cute and funny... it is about a Hedgehog named Max, who lived with his parents and his three sisters, struggling about how human could crossing the road safely. This made him think hard and made an experiment.Max begins his investigation about the road, for first time, he finds a zebra crossing and decides that this must be the secret to crossing the road safely. To test his theory, Max decides to walk across the crossing in front of a lorry. However, he quickly comes to realise that that traffic does not stop for hedgehogs, only people. Max disappointed and return to his house and explained his first fail experiment.Max decided he must trying again the following day. This time he notices people crossing the road when they see a green man appearing on the traffic lights. He attempts to cross the road here but finds it difficult to avoid the people coming from the opposite direction and only just makes it to the other side. He almost make it to cross the road, but the problem is he didnt know how to get back to the first place.Max trying hard to do his best to cross the road safely without hesitation or afraid. I really love the character Max here, because he is a fighter and never give up. This book really give the good influences to all children who read this book. Because when there is a will, you will find a way like Max does :)

  • Helen Byrne
    2019-02-20 02:47

    The main character of this story is Max, an intelligent and inquisitive hedgehog who lives with his family on the opposite side of a busy road to a park which is full of slugs, worms and snails. An unfortunate accident occurs where Max’s aunt Betty gets run over by a car while crossing the road. This sparks curiosity in Max to discover how humans can cross the road safely while hedgehogs can’t. He sets out to find a safe place to cross where the humans cross but he suffers two bumps to his head in the process. The first bump causes his words to be mixed up when he speaks but the recovers from this and is still determined to find a safe place for the hedgehogs to cross. Eventually with the help of his old neighbour, he discovers that the safest place to cross is where the young humans cross going to school. A lollipop lady stops the traffic with her sign and allows them to cross safely. Max guides his family to the crossing place and the lollipop lady helps them across. Max becomes a hero as hedgehogs can now cross over to the park without getting run over by the traffic. The author writes the story from the voice of the hedgehogs rather than the humans. The illustrations are done in black and white sketches which are not very clear but they are not needed as the story is very descriptive. The story shows children that if they persevere at something they can achieve it no matter how old they are. This story would be suitable for children aged six to nine.

  • Amanda Corry
    2019-02-18 03:57

    This is a story about a hedgehog who wants to find a safe way for all of hedgehogkind to cross the road safely. We all agreed that we'd like to read more of Dick King-Smith's books.Matthew, aged 7...5 out of 5I liked it when Max muddled up his words (after a bump on the head). I liked trying to work out what he was trying to say. It was fun to find out more about hedgehogs. It was kind of nice of the big hedgehog to look after Max and help him find his way home. This is a book that I could read on my own, it has short chapters and is quite quick. My mummy read it to us in 4 days. As soon as I read the 1st page of the 8th chapter I remembered it was really, really, really, really good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is the chapter where Max finds the answer to the hedgehogs great problem.Thomas, aged 9...4 out of 5This was not as gripping as our last bedtime book, Kaspar Prince of cats. I thought it was quite funny when the family of hedgehogs was trying to communicate with the lollipop lady and she was talking to them, but to one another it was just gibberish! I also laughed at the part when the milkman cursed every hedgehog on earth after he swerved to avoid Max and he lost his milk all over the road, oops! Another fun bit was when Pa scoffed all his neighbours munchimeat. Every time the neighbour came over he tried to look innocent but felt quite guilty inside.

  • Helena Spiteri
    2019-02-07 05:40

    The Hodgeheg by Dick King-Smith is a cute animal tale about a smart and very inquisitive little hedgehog called Max who lives with his mum and dad and three little sisters. The story centers around his pursuits to find a safe way to cross a very busy road so that the hedgehogs in his street can reach the park opposite that’s full of the snacks that hedgehogs like to munch on such as juicy worms and slugs. Max has several unfruitful attempts at crossing the road, one of which causes a cyclist to swerve resulting in Max rolling into the curb and getting a rather nasty bump of his head. The bump causes Max to get all his words jumbled up back to front so that he ends up calling himself a Hodgeheg! But Max is a very determined little fellow and even though he is warned by his parents, he persists in finding a safe way to cross the road. Eventually with the help of a kind hedgehog who lives next door, Max discovers that the best place to cross the road is where the children cross to go to school. With the help of a lollipop lady Max and his family can finally cross the road is safety. Max becomes the become a local hero.The story is suited for children in Years 1- 3. It could be used a reading book or as a text for discussion in PSHCE to talk about the importance of road safety. It also sends out a very important message to young children not to give up their dreams.

  • Pauline
    2019-02-09 03:47

    This book inspired outstanding work from my class of 6-7 year old children. A masterpiece.

  • Hajra Natha
    2019-02-11 07:31

    ‘The Hodgeheg’ is a story about an intelligent hedgehog named ‘Max’. Max lives in the garden of 5A with ‘Pa Hedgehog’, ‘Ma Hedgehog’, and his three sisters, ‘Peony Hedgehog’, ‘Penny Hedgehog’ and ‘Petunia Hedgehog’. The story begins with PA Hedgehog explaining to his children about the problems that hedgehogs have in crossing the road to get to the park. Having listened to his father’s speech, Max asks his father how humans can cross the road safely. PA Hedgehog tells his son that he does not know and sets him the challenge of finding out. The next day, Max begins his investigation. Firstly, he finds a zebra crossing and decides that this must be the secret to crossing the road safely. To test his theory, Max decides to walk across the crossing in front of a lorry. However, he quickly comes to realise that that traffic does not stop for hedgehogs, only people....My year 3 class thoroughly enjoyed this book and they had lots of fun creating spoonerisms in their writing after. A great read with some fun language.

  • Samuel
    2019-02-21 03:52

    What a brilliant little gem of a book!What Dick King-Smith did so well (among other things) was to imbue his animal characters with wants and needs that were of crucial importance to them, even if a human might have found them small. Max's desire to cross the road takes him on a hedgehog-hero's quest, and in his moment of triumph, it feels like as big a victory as St. George slaying the dragon, or Luke Skywalker defeating the Emperor. That's no small feat for an author, and King-Smith handles it perfectly.The characters too are lovely -- not just Max, but his somewhat old-fashioned Pa, his loving, sometimes fretful Ma, and especially the jovial Uncle B. It's really impressive how, in such a short book, King-Smith made me feel like I knew and loved them all. A lovely tale, and one that I highly recommend!