Spikey – a review

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Spikey - Front Cover

About the book

Hedgehogs are ‘Britain’s favourite wild mammal’ and while they certainly are cute, most children and their parents actually know very little about them.

Spikey, by Tereza Anteneová, is a new children’s story book for children aged 2-8. It aims to help children learn how hedgehogs live, what they eat and why they are at risk. It is first and foremost an engaging story about the adventures of a young hedgehog, but cleverly there is a lot to learn along the way too.

Supported by the charity Hedgehog Street, the book aims to encourage children and their parents to help save the hedgehogs by creating hedgehog-friendly gardens and discouraging predators.

From the back cover

“In Regent’s Park, London, a lonely and rejected hedgehog called Spikey must learn quickly if he is to survive the coming winter. With only the wisdom of his grandma to guide him, he sets out into the big, wide world. Who will help him, and how will he cope when there are dangers all around?

An exciting and heart-warming story for children and hedgehog-lovers of all ages.”

What did I think?

I loved this book. I thought it was sweet and light hearted, whilst also encouraging children to think and learn about these beautiful creatures. With optional comprehension questions set at the bottom of each page, it encouraged family conversation points too.

As ever though, with children’s books, it’s not really my opinion that counts! So I’m handing over to my 8 and 6 year olds for their thoughts on Spikey:

We really like this book and would definitely recommend it or gift it to animal loving friends. We enjoyed thinking about friendships between creatures. We thought that the hedgehog highways were interesting too, and that encouraged us to think more about what we can do to help these prickly animals.

The book is arranged so that on the bottom of the pages are questions. We enjoyed these. They helped us to think about feelings and perspectives. Through the story we also thought about kindness and empathy.

We think that this book is ideal for young nature lovers. The baby ladybird should maybe have been called a young ladybird because babies don’t look like the one in the book, but mostly we learnt a lot through the story. If you want to know more about the world that lives quietly around us then you should read Spikey!

We enjoyed the story a lot and will read it again.

Thank you Tereza!

Where can you buy a copy?

Spikey is available in paperback (£9.99), hardback (£12.99) and ebook (£5.99) at all good bookshops and online retailers.

About the author

Tereza Matysova author
Tereza Anteneová author

Tereza Anteneová is orginally from Prague. Tereza was inspired by the long summer days that she spent with her father at their cottage in the countryside, lying in the grass and watching the wildlife; telling each other stories about the lives, hopes and dreams of all the animals they saw.

Now she is a TV news reporter, TV presenter, radio broadcaster and a PR professional with over 20 years of experience as a media expert. Tereza has written many political and women’s columns for magazines, newspapers and websites and she provides presentation skills training for the Government Legal Department in London and around the UK.

She is also part of the team at The Centre for Political & Diplomatic Studies in London which helps countries to prepare for the EU presidency. She accompanied the Czech Prime Minister to the White House to cover his Presidential meetings, and asked President Barack Obama questions for her news channel both in the Oval Office and during his state visits to the Czech Republic. And she is currently an official British contributor to the Czech Radio and CNN/Prima News and Czech TV, where she comments on British politics.

Tereza lives in London, with her fiancé John and their two cats, Meowglish and Johnson.

For more information about all things hedgehog, take a look at The Little Hedgehog Adventures website.

N.B. Thank you to Tereza Anteneová and Ben Cameron for gifting me a copy of this book for review. All opinions are my own (or those of my children!). For more information about how I work with others, please take a look at my disclosure page. Images supplied, please do not reproduce without permission.