Poke the hedgehog’s nature was to roll into a ball when threatened. But Poke longed to laugh at danger like his friends Ziggy the rabbit and Dash the squirrel. He practiced hopping and running but ended up with a sore knee and a snout covered in bee stings. Then The Mangy Mongrel, teeth bared, loomed over his friends, and only Poke could save them. What would the little hedgehog do WHEN POKE WOKE?
Poke, the Hedgehog, wants to be like his friends, Ziggy and Dash—a rabbit and a squirrel who love to tease the farmer’s dog by zig-zagging and dashing their way just out of the canine’s reach. Despite his efforts to hop and run, Poke can’t keep up with his friends. His best defense against the dog is the one that nature gave him—to curl into a spikey little ball. What fun is that? But, one day the dog catches the friends napping. Can Poke save his friends when the dog get’s too close? The writing is rich in detail and vocabulary that will make this book a fun bedtime read as well as an anchor text for writing teachers. The bold and colorful artwork depicts engaging facial expressions on each of the characters and will have readers lingering to enjoy their favorite pages. Kate Szegda, retired teacher