Looking for a picture book about a mouse and a hedgehog
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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.
" 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."
Any of those?
Think it's worth our while heading over to the 'Name That Book' group and reposting?
The following summaries of Beatrix Potter Tales are copied from the website:
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
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!