Hoglet the Spineless Hedgehog

Allyson Marnoch; Illustrated by Lorraine Ward

Out of print

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Hoglet is a small hedgehog with a big attitude! With no prickles to defend himself, he has to find a safe place to hibernate. A funny and heartwarming story about overcoming adversity.

198 x 130 mm
Floris Books
Young Kelpies
40 b/w line illustrations
Age Range:
From 6 to 9 years
192 pages
Publication date:
25 Feb 2010


'Mrs Hog had already noticed that the fourth baby was the last to do everything. He seemed to be smaller than the rest, but what worried her more than anything was that he had no spines.'

Hoglet is a problem hedgehog! With no prickles to defend himself, he needs to overcome his lack of spines and find somewhere safe and warm to hibernate for the winter. Hoglet is a small hedgehog with a big attitude, but will he survive the worsening weather and other wild creatures of the woods?

A heartwarming tale, set in the Scottish countryside, of one little hedgehog's attempts to conquer adversity with politeness -- and a certain amount of luck! This delightful and charmingly illustrated book will appeal to young and old alike.


'This book is a funny, heart-warming tale that reminds you of the struggle for survival that many animals face during winter...The lovely simple illustrations also add to the charm of this story that will appeal to young and old.'
-- Emily Jones, MammalsUK, Winter 2010

'Best Book!... Find this super-cute story in all good book shops!'
-- Animals and You, April 2010

'There's plentiful awareness of wildlife and the plight of hedgehogs as a journey in search for a place to hibernate progresses.'
-- The School Librarian, Summer 2010


Allyson Marnoch is a working mother of two who lives in Perth, Scotland. Her love of animals, and hedgehogs in particular, inspired her to write Hoglet, her first published book. She has rescued several orphan hedgehogs over the winter months and hopes Hoglet will help make the younger generation aware of the plight of hedgehogs in a dangerous world.

Lorraine Ward lives in the countryside just outside Perth, Scotland with her family and pets. She has always loved animals and wildlife, and is lucky to have lots of wild creatures visiting her garden, including hedgehogs.


Don't miss the Discover Kelpies website for children with exclusive author interviews, fun stuff and latest gossip on your favourite Scottish stories.


If you liked Hoglet, you'll also like this lovely story of a cat trying to find a home to call his own:
The Cat Who Decided by Margaret Forrester

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