Percy is a park keeper. All of his friends are animals, because why not?
This is not as much a story as snippets and excerpts about a particular hedgehog and Percy's friendship with him. Included within are the hedgehog's likes and dislikes, a poem, the hedgehog's favourite places, and more.
It should be clarified that this is a specific, unnamed, hedgehog. He is an individual and is not representative of a typical hedgehog. In fact, he seems to have some quite extraordinary – if not unbelievable – attributes.
For starters, the hedgehog seems to get things stuck to his head a lot, including apples. Hedgehogs cannot get apples stuck to their heads. This is a ridiculous myth peddled by literature. Please do not put apples on hedgehogs.
The hedgehog continuously laments that other animals are getting prickly with him about his prickles. (See what I did there? I'm so clever.) He writes a poem about his run-in with a duck and how he "jabbed her." Please, ducks aren't that delicate. It's not like he tackled a naked more rat.
This hedgehog is apparently a "worrier." He is afraid of many things, and yet not afraid of the fox, whom he has picnics with and tries to teach to colour. The hedgehog's colouring ability is something akin to a superpower. Hedgehogs do not have good eyesight. Also, what hedgehog would have a picnic with a fox? If a fox invited me to a picnic, I'd assume I was the main course – especially if I was a "worrier."
There are some nice aspects of the book. I liked the snow hedgehog and how the hedgehog liked to swing on the swing. The pictures are beautiful (best viewed through glasses if you're a hedgehog) and my favourite was the double-page spread of autumn.
I am rather sceptical of Percy's hedgehog friend. Perhaps I need to meet him for myself. I do not know if I will be picking up any of the other books about Percy's friends. Definitely not the one about the fox!