Today the small boy and I attended the launch of a new children’s book at The Lowry in Salford. The Hedgehog and her Hoglet is a beautiful book born from a community arts project, written by Carla Henry and delightfully illustrated by Matt Hunt.
The Hedgehog and her Hoglet was inspired by a mum attending an arts event with her child. She said that when her baby came along she lost her confidence and felt grey, she said she needed to get her colour back. It’s a sentiment echoed by so many mums, it really rang true with me too, I may have shed a tear or two during the reading.
The event itself was a lovely, warm, community event. It’s clear that The Lowry are incredibly proud of the work done by their engagement team, alongside Salford City Council and Sure Start centres in Salford. It was great to see the families involved in the project, playing along with the story as Carla Henry read it out, we left clutching a copy of the book ready for bedtime and a balloon.
We’ve just read the story at bedtime twice. The small boy is three and I can confirm it’s a hit. It’s beautifully and simply written, every word counts and the tale of how the hedgehog got her colour back is quite lovely; but the illustrations really make this, there is so much in them, lots of little talking points which is always one of the real joys of reading a children’s book.
You can buy The Hedgehog and her Hoglet from The Lowry and costs just £4.99, the proceeds from sales of the book will be used to deliver more creative projects with families in Salford.
Update: Two years on this lovely book is still part of our bedtime reading. Hedgehogs are still a favourite and we still enjoy reading this book together.