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The Hodgeheg is a children's book written by author Dick-King Smith, who specializes in animal books. It is all about a hedgehog. His goal is to cross the road and get to the park. But he is involved in several car accidents; this leads to him becoming confused, calling himself a "Hodgeheg". Will ever be able to cross the road?

Reader's Reviews


It may be for younger kids, but they will love it! It would be better to read aloud as smaller children wouldn't be able to read most words as it's mixed up speech and would be very confusing.


'The Hodgeheg' is written from the perspective of a hedgehog called Max who has seen a lot of road accidents involving hedgehogs.  He aims to find a safe way for hedgehogs to cross the road to get to the park, however along the way he is involved in a few accidents himself and receives a bump on the head.  This results in Max's speech becoming mixed up and his sentences not forming properly. 

This book would be very useful for teaching children about road safety in a PSHE or citizenship lesson.  The processes Max goes through to find a safe way to cross the road means that the reader is introduced to several different road safety issues and different kinds of crossings.  King-Smith also uses the fact that Max is a hedgehog to be able to describe human objects in an unfamiliar way.  The illustrative language and use of adjectives is very helpful for children to extend how they describe things and to think about things from a different perspectives.

'The Hodgeheg' could be used to allow children to discuss the formation of sentences.  It can be used interactively for children to correct Max's sentences themselves and work out how they should have been pronounced.   Interaction and animation is rife throughout the book, which makes is a very fun resource not only for reading alone but also for reading aloud as part of a group.

There are not many pictures in the book, but the text engages the reader and is simplistic enough that younger children in Key Stage 1 would enjoy it if it was being read aloud to them.  The main audience of the book would probably be lower Key Stage 2 children aged 7 and up. 

Parental Guidance

  • Reading Age: 7+
  • Read Aloud Age: 3+

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