This adorable book chronicles the adoption of a hedgehog, Artie, from his point of view. It reads like his journal giving insights to exactly how he feels from the moment his brother Spike is adopted before him to when he has his first bath. (Spoiler Alert: He did not enjoy it).
Marissa’s Rating 3/5 Stars
My boys really enjoyed this book and since we’re in the process of moving it was a good introduction to the concept change for them (ages 6 and 8). (Video review from the boys coming soon!)
My biggest issue with the book was the length. When I received it I thought it was a simple children’s book but there are full pages of text which makes this a really long bedtime read. (If I’d read it to them any other time of day it wouldn’t have bothered me as much. We also love Mr. Maxwell’s Mouse and that one has a similar number of words per page). This could be resolved by breaking up the text and adding illustrations.
The illustrations were simple and cute. The cover image would be better if the background was a different color so Artie stood out a bit more.
The prose were a bit clunky which one could argue is Artie’s voice but it felt too rambly to me and made it harder to read out loud than I like in a kids book.
My kids loved reading about the real Artie in the back and as the granddaughter of a woman who owns and operates an animal rescue I was pleased with Wulff’s mention of checking for hedgehogs who were in need of a home before looking at a pet shop.
Overall this was an adorable book and the kids really enjoyed it.
For more about Artie or to buy the book for your little one,
check out ArtiesAdventures.com.
About the Reviewer
Marissa Frosch loves reading paranormal romance, urban fantasy, thriller/mystery, memoir, and self-help/business books. Diversity in literature is incredibly important to her and she loves to see #Ownvoices.
Marissa is the co-founder and Head of Marketing at Amphibian Press. She got her Associate’s Degree in Marketing from Southern New Hampshire University in May 2018 and is a Certified Book Launch Coach trained by Tim Grahl. Marissa created and runs Amphibian Authors, a place for authors to learn about marketing and publishing. Be sure to download your free Author Platform Guide. In addition to her Book Launch Certification, Marissa also received her Story Grid Editor Certification in March of 2019. Marissa also writes fiction under the name Cameron J Quinn.