Review of Helping Herbie Hedgehog by Melissa Abramovitz

I just love hedgehogs. They are so cute. And even though they are described as being spiny, they look so much more cuddly than porcupines. That’s why  I’m happy to present to you today Melissa Abramovitz’s chapter book HELPING HERBIE HEDGEGHOG.

Helping Herbie Hedgehog

You are probably wondering what kind of help a little hedgehog needs.

In this clever rhymed picture book, Melissa presents Herbie with a series of choices. The young reader is given the job of helping Herbie choose the right thing. If the wrong thing is selected, Herbie might end up looking foolish. For instance, should he choose a tutu and ballet shoes to go jogging or sweat pants and track shoes? The young reader will know the answer. Herbie might go hungry if he looks for spaghetti hanging from a tree.  And he would surely make a mess if he tried to cook stew on the TV set. “Or is using the stove a better bet?”

Ch. 1 Helping Herbie Hedgehog

The artist, Robert Lee Beers, has illustrated Herbie to look like a cheerful little fellow who is a bit confused, but wants to know what the right thing to do is.

This book is recommended for children 6-8 and as a read aloud for younger children.

A bit of trivia:

The collective noun for a group of hedgehogs is array or prickle.

Each of the chapters, with titles listed below, contains several conundrums for the reader to help Herbie with.

Chapter 1, Places to Go

Chapter 2, Home Helpers

Chapter 3, Shopping for Clothes

Chapter 4, Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

Chapter 5, Exercise Time

Chapter 6, Shopping for Food

Chapter 7, Bedtime

Melissa Abramovitz is the author of more than 45 books and hundreds of magazine articles for children, teens, and adults. She specializes in writing educational nonfiction, but enjoys creating all types of fiction and nonfiction that make learning fun. She also enjoys helping other writers achieve their goals with her acclaimed book for writers, A Treasure Trove of Opportunity: How to Write and Sell Articles for Children’s Magazines. Her children’s picture book, ABCs of Health and Safety, was also published by Guardian Angel. www.melissaabramovitz.com

Robert Lee Beers is an award-winning artist and illustrator with an extensive artist portfolio. Besides doing the art for this book, he has authored several fantasy novels. Look for more of his illustrations in Guardian Angel books. He currently resides in Green Valley, Nevada. You can see more of his work at Kids Picture Book http://kidspicturebook.com/

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HELPING HERBIE HEDGEHOG is published by Guardian Angel Publishing, Publisher: Lynda S. Burch, from whom I purchased my copy.

Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.

Saint Louis, MO 63128 USA

http://www.GuardianAngelPublishing.com

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Interview with author Alyce Joy Rininger

Welcome All:

If you leave a comment, I will put your name in the hat for the drawing of a free hard copy of Alyce Joy Rininger’s book, KA-BOOM!

HI ALYCE JOY,

THANKS FOR BEING WITH US TODAY, CONTINUING YOUR CYBER JOURNEY WITH THE WORLD OF INK. EVERYONE WHO HAS READ ABOUT THE ADVENTURES OF YOUR FAIRY, SPROUT, AND TAYLOR, THE LITTLE GIRS SHE BEFRIENDS, HAVE THOUGHT IT SOUNDS LIKE LOTS OF FUN.

NOW, SHARE WITH US HOW YOU BECAME A WRITER AND ANY WRITING QUIRKS YOU HAVE.

I made up verses for my little ones, while getting them ready for bed. At the time, they were two and three years old. They were so adorable trying to memorize them and pronouncing the words was just too cute. We thought we were having fun, but actually, it was the beginning of something not to be known, until many years later.

Eventually, I wrote the verses down on paper. In 1975, my husband, Arland, had them made into a booklet. He also had them printed on sheets of pastel colored paper. Soon I was making plaques out of scrap wood I had burned. The verses on colored paper were soaked in warm tea water and burned around the edges, then glued to the burned plaques and varnished. I sold them in my husband’s booths at the Sportsman Shows. The women liked coming into our booths.

 When my children turned into my grandchildren, I began writing them stories. That is when I seemed to be guided into writing books by my family and friends. After burning life-sized pictures of wildlife onto all the doors of my home, I decided to put away my burning tools and get serious about writing. I took a course by mail, at the Institute of Children’s Literature, to learn how to properly put my thoughts on paper.

Yes, I have writing quirks. Number one, when I’m making notes to myself, I switch from writing to printing, back to writing, then printing etc, etc. I don’t know why I do that. Another quirk is, sometimes when I’m writing, my mind starts working too fast and it gets boggled. I will stop and work on a Sudoku puzzle for a while. It works.

I’m into quirky words and names for my stories. The kids seem to perk up when they are learning something silly, weird or different. A lot of my quirkiness comes straight from the dictionary. One last quirk for now…my pens are always disappearing from every phone on the main floor of this house. I accused my husband of taking them, until I kept finding them in my office. No, I never accuse him anymore, since I pretty much know where I’ll find them.

HERE IS A QUICK REVIEW OF ALYCE JOY’S BOOK, WHICH I RECENTLY REVIEWED ON THIS BLOG. 

KA-BOOM! is about a little fairy named Sprout who runs into trouble quite often. This little fairy is in the service of her queen, the beloved Splaminda Herminda, who rules Spritesville. The queen sends Sprout to different places to do whatever job needs done. Sprout meets a little girl named Taylor after blowing up Taylor’s dollhouse. Sprout doesn’t give up trying to get Taylor to trust her. She and Taylor finally become friends after Sprout shrinks Taylor and together they have a fantastic adventure. Taylor never thought she would be talking to Sir Leapsalot, let alone ride on his back and hopping lily pads. The message? Never give up.

ALYCE JOY, IT HAS BEEN FUN LEARNING ABOUT YOU AND YOUR QUIRKY WAYS. YOU JUST REMINDED ME THAT I DID WOOD BURNING WHEN I WAS A KID, BUT I WAS NOT AS MUCH INTO IT AS YOU WERE. THANKS AGAIN FOR BEING ON STORIES A LA MODE.

HI READERS—DON’T FORGET TO LEAVE YOUR NAME AND EMAIL FOR ME TO GET IN TOUCH WITH THE WINNER OF KA-BOOM!

KA-BOOM! is published by Halo Publishing International. Here is the link where you will find Alyce Joy Rininger’s page with the buy link to KA-BOOM!

http://www.halopublishing.com/bookstore/Alyce-Joy-Rininger

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