Looking for a picture book about a mouse and a hedgehog

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Looking for a picture book about a mouse and a hedgehog

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1polarcityblues Premier message
Modifié : Nov 3, 2009, 3:59am

I have a friend who is searching for a book from their childhood (I reckon they mean 'about 15 years ago') and has come to something of a dead end. In exasperation, they've resorted to the unlikely trick of Asking Friends To Help.

As LibraryThing seems an excellent place to ask, does anybody recognise the following plot description, by any chance?

An update on the description:

It's a young children's book, probably published in the late 1980s or early 1990s, mainly pictures, probably just a couple of lines to each page.

It was a large square shaped book, with few pages, like many of those types of children's books.

Throughout the book the mouse is making a mess out of everything the hedgehog is doing (in a fun sort of way).

Each page was about a job that the hedgehog wanted to do. For example, one said "Today I'm going to be a postman". "Me too" said the Mouse. And so it carried on with other jobs (baker and fireman were in there).

In the end the hedgehog is setting up a mousetrap and mouse says something along the line of "you wouldn't hedgehog. Would you?!?"

The last page shows the hedgehog and mouse lying in hammocks with a forest in the background.

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" I'll jump straight in the deep end; it's a child's picture book. As such the two protagonists are a mouse and a hedgehog; I myself have vague memory's of this, but nothing firm enough to point at. The, ah, young lady I'm *cough* courting refreshed my memory on it a bit, but not enough. So now we have a rough plot and an ending as well; throughout the book the mouse is making a mess out of everything the hedgehog is doing (in a fun sort of way) and in the end the hedgehog is setting up a mousetrap and mouse says something along the line of "you wouldn't hedgehog. Would you?!?"

Beyond that I'm stumped, my hunting on google and amazon have turned up a few books with a hedgehog and a mouse as protagonists but nothing which matches the plot."

2ToReadToNap
Modifié : Déc 8, 2007, 8:25am

Could it possibly be Mice Makes Trouble by Becky Bloom? Or Elijah and Pin-Pin by Raoul Millais? My last thought is possibly Tim Mouse Visits the Farm by Judy Brook.

Any of those?

3polarcityblues
Déc 8, 2007, 4:29pm

I shall forward your suggestions this very moment!
Thank you :-)

4polarcityblues
Déc 13, 2007, 11:43am

Darn it.
No good.

Think it's worth our while heading over to the 'Name That Book' group and reposting?

5DK1010
Déc 13, 2007, 2:52pm

I remember reading something like that & I recall it was part of a collection. Is it possible that two stories are merging in your memory? Another possibility is a later retelling of these tales. Maybe this will help us remember.
The following summaries of Beatrix Potter Tales are copied from the website:
http://www.tailor-of-gloucester.org.uk/beatrix_potter_books.html

The Tale of Two Bad Mice (1904)

The story is about the exploits of two mice named Tom Thumb and Hunka Munka who break into a dollhouse, while its occupants are out for a walk. The two mice wreck havoc, smashing plaster plates of pretend food, upending dishes and shredding feather beds, before finally running back to their hole with a fair number of things from the house. In response the little girl who owns the dollhouse buys a policeman doll, while the nurse buys a mousetrap. In repentance for causing so much trouble Hunka Munka goes, each morning, into the dollhouse to clean it.

The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle (1905)

A little girl loses her handkerchiefs and goes on a search for them. She sees some white cloths on the grass high up a hill and climbs up to discover a little hedgehog washerwoman, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, with her handkerchiefs freshly laundered, along with many other interesting articles such as stockings for a hen and Died

6extrajoker
Jan 11, 2008, 5:03pm

You may wish to try the livejournal community "what was that book."

7ZiaSun
Jan 12, 2008, 2:31am

Try Loganberry Book's Book Sleuth service. There are lots of very helpful folks over there! I found a book once by quoting only the last line, and even that wasn't exactly correct... it's $2 to list your request, but read the other listings to see if someone else asked and got an answer.

8polarcityblues
Nov 3, 2009, 3:49am

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9helenj1976
Fév 10, 2014, 9:24am

polarcityblues, did you ever find out the title of this book? I know exactly which book you mean but can't remember the title either.
I thought mouse said "so am I" rather than "me too" to everything hedgehog said he was going to do. The last line was definitely "you wouldn't would you, hedgehog?"
I can vividly recall the page where hedgehog is going to be a sailor and has a little rowing boat. Mouse comes along in a massive big ship like the QE2.
Would love to know what the title was!

10helenj1976
Fév 11, 2014, 6:58am

Finally worked out what this book was... Who Shall We Be today? by Gilly Meredith. First published 1977 by J. Salmon Ltd