By Holly Hobbie

ISBN 9781524718633


Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Jeanie


The creator of the Toot & Puddle series brings us Elmore–the warm-hearted porcupine sure to steal the hearts of a new generation of Holly Hobbie fans!

Elmore is a porcupine desperate to make friends. But it is hard to seek closeness with others when you’re covered with spikes that shoot off your back every so often. Elmore suffers rejection and heartbreak, but the goodness of his forest community ultimately shines through as the animals find a way to connect with this prickly bundle of love.

Holly Hobbie is the creator of the beloved Toot & Puddle series and now brings us a character for the next generation. Just as charming, funny, and good-hearted as her little pigs, Elmore the porcupine will snuggle and prickle his way securely into the picture-book canon. (from Goodreads)


Seeing Holly Hobbie’s name reminds me of the beautiful artwork, dolls, and figurines that became popular when I was a young adult. This reader was delighted to learn that the creator of Elmore is “that” Holly Hobbie! This sweet woodland tale, aimed at children between 3 and 7 years old, is certain to become a classic. Equally appealing to both boys and girls, every library, whether home, public, or school should include a copy of it.

Elmore is an adorable porcupine. He has a grand home in a huge tree, but is lonely all by himself. The one unique, defining characteristic of Elmore is his quills. Other creatures in the forest are afraid of those unpredictable, prickly quills that sadly keep potential friends away.

What Elmore does with those quills is what sets this author apart from many children’s writers. Her lively imagination and adorably colorful illustrations demonstrate ideals that seem to baffle even most adults. Especially we who are prone to be prickly at times. Elmore is a book that parents and grandparents will enjoy reading to the child(ren) in their life, and children will love to read Elmore to their family members. I highly recommend Holly Hobbie’s newest classic!

*OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*