illus. by Lucy Tapper. 32p. Holt/Metropolitan. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781627794046.
PreS-Gr 1—Horace and Hattie are two hedgehog friends who share many things in common. They both like splashing in puddles and making daisy chains. Nonetheless, they express their own individual uniqueness as well. One problem is that they cannot give each other a big hug because they are too spiky. Horace and Hattie try various methods to hug throughout the year. For example, in the winter they rolled in the snow, but the hug was too cold. Finally they come up with a solution all by themselves. Illustrations have a colorful background collage appearance that displays cloth textures in the grass and in the leaves and flower petals. The characters are endearing when they solve their hug problem.
VERDICT Suitable for Valentine's Day or any other time a book about a warm friendship feeling is needed.

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