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Author: Hobbie, Holly
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!
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Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 3.00
Points: .5 Quiz: 196061
Kirkus Reviews (10/15/17)
School Library Journal (11/01/17)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/01/18)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 11/01/2017 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 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.