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Contributor(s): Hobbie, Holly
ISBN: 1524718637     ISBN-13: 9781524718633
Publisher: Random House Childrens Books
    OUR PRICE: $16.20  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: January 2018
Annotation: Suffering rejection and heartache from the other forest animals, Elmore the porcupine finds ways to connect with the other animals and move past his spikes.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Porcupines; Fiction.
Animals; Fiction.
Friendship; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Emotions & Feelings
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: bl2018000685
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 9.50" H x 9.25" W x 0.50" (0.78 lbs)
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Contributor Bio(s): HOLLY HOBBIE has worked as an artist for more than forty years and is the author of eleven highly acclaimed Toot & Puddle picture books. She most recently created the picture book A Cat Named Swan and wrote and illustrated her own picture-book memoir, Everything but the Horse: A Childhood Memory. Holly and her husband, Doug, live in Massachusetts.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2017 October #5)

"Friends Wanted" reads the sign that Elmore, a self-sufficient but solitary porcupine, posts in the woods. There are no takers—everyone is scared of his quills. "I'm your friend," says his elderly uncle. "That's different," replies Elmore in an exchange that should resonate with any children familiar with the attempted consolations of adults. When Elmore's uncle insists that his quills are "beautiful" and define who he is, Elmore is inspired. He realizes that his "troublesome quills" make great pens, and in what Hobbie (A Cat Named Swan) wryly refers to as "the quill event," he gives away bundles of them to everyone in the forest. Elmore is neither needy nor pathetic; in fact, he emphasizes that the quills are "100% real porcupine quills" and reminds the other animals, "Everyone loves getting a note from a friend." After having fun writing with Elmore's once-feared quills, the animals see him in a new way. Hobbie's story is proffered with a light touch, a full heart, breezily charming artwork, and an ingenious protagonist. And her lesson never loses its profundity: being appreciated by others starts with appreciating oneself. Ages 3–7. (Jan.)

Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 November)

PreS-Gr 2—Although he enjoys his solitary life nestled snugly in a huge maple tree, Elmore, a porcupine, is lonely and tries to make friends despite his quills that keep others from approaching him. He nails a "Friends Wanted" sign to his tree, but the forest creatures consider him "too prickly" to be around. Disheartened, Elmore begins to regret his beautiful quills until he hits upon the idea of tying them into bundles and offering them as free quill pens. Neighboring animals scoop them up like "hot cakes," and when Elmore suggests they make ink from berries, they begin writing him friendly notes and even tack a message of their own on his tree. Readers' first encounter with Elmore is on the endpapers, a lovely spread executed in watercolor in which the adorable rodent is asleep in the limbs of a birch tree, feet up, paws stretched across his ample belly. More woodland scenes, framed in white, follow, depicting a collection of forest creatures at once curious about Elmore yet repelled by his shooting quills. Whether plopped in a meadow happily munching flowers or scratching his prickly head trying to figure out how to make friends, Elmore will win readers' hearts. VERDICT Pair this title with Paul Schmid's Perfectly Percy for a storytime about problem-solving or with Kate DiCamillo's La La La for a discussion of ways to make a friend.—Marianne Saccardi, Children's Literature Consultant, Cambridge, MA

Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.