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Porcupining: A Prickly Love Story Hardcover – January 1, 2003
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About the Author
Lisa Wheeler is the author of Wool Gathering: A Sheep Family Reunion.
Janie Bynum has written and illustrated several books for children, including Altoona Baboona and Otis.
From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1-Alone and unloved in the petting zoo, Cushion the porcupine laments his single state. He writes a four-line ditty expressing his woes and decides to court potential partners with a soulful serenade. Surprised and dismayed by his negative reception and totally unaware of the disparaging innuendoes in his personalized lyrics (he croons, "And though you're pink and fat," to the pig; "And though your teeth are bucky," to the beaver), he is about to give up when he meets Barb, a similarly solitary hedgehog. It's love at first sight-no "se-quill" necessary. This sweet and silly saga of the earnest but clueless lothario is a nicely paced combination of story and song (you'll need to make up your own brief tune) accompanied by cheerful watercolor-and-pastel illustrations. Cushion and friends are winsome and expressive and a little grasshopper companion that appears throughout the story is fun to locate. The full-bleed art will work well with an audience while the clever details and puns will bring a smile to children and adults alike. Sure to generate knowing and sympathetic chuckles, this title can be presented along with Helen Lester's A Porcupine Named Fluffy (Houghton, 1986) to make a humorous and prickly pair.
Carol Ann Wilson, Westfield Memorial Library, NJ
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