Spiky the Hedgehog
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Our cover illustration this month is by Alan Lee from The Lord of the Rings by J R R Tolkien. The first-ever colour illustrated edition is now available from HarperCollins (0 261 102230 3) at £30.00. We thank them for their help in reproducing the cover of the book.
This story reminded me of one of my childhood favourites, Alison Uttley's Fuzzypeg Goes to School, though I found it less enticing. Somehow the combination of fantasy and realism didn't convince me. The hedgehog, Spiky, talks and thinks like a little boy but behaves like a hedgehog and I found this an uneasy combination. However, it's a strong story, nicely illustrated and well-produced, and I think children would enjoy the way Spiky finally gets his wish to go to school with his older brother and sister to help in the nature hunt.