One Cozy Christmas

illus. by Tina Macnaughton. 32p. Tiger Tales. Sept. 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781680100686.
PreS-Gr 1—Little Hedgehog and his animal friends can't wait to celebrate Christmas morning together. Fox, Badger, Rabbit, and the Mice family are staying with Little Hedgehog in his tiny burrow. The friends joyfully spend their days getting ready for the celebration. But at bedtime, Hedgehog's cramped quarters are a bit of a challenge. The friends quickly discover that their togetherness can be too much of a good thing. Can Little Hedgehog and his friends make it happily to Christmas day? This accessible plot focuses on holiday togetherness, with the minor mystery of disappearing items easily solved. The pastel artwork is detailed and bright, nicely presenting each animal's frustrations and joys. But what sets this apart is the display of human emotions these animals share.
VERDICT A simple Christmas tale with a strong focus on friendship and intimacy. Perfect for a holiday storytime.

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