Author(s): Deborah Hinde
When Hollybee finds a brush in a bucket, she thinks she’s found the perfect solution. But things don’t go as planned. Maddie Mouse, Basil Bunny and Nanny Snuffles rally round to help solve her prickly problem, and all goes well ... until they come face to face with The Terror.
Hollybee Hope wants a Prickly Coat is a story of self-acceptance, of learning to see being different as an advantage rather than a disadvantage. It is also a story of friendship - the type of friendship for which you would sacrifice something special.
Deborah Hinde has illustrated over 70 books, both fiction and non-fiction, for children and adults. Her first picture book, A Kiwi Night Before Christmas (2003, Scholastic NZ) is now a New Zealand classic. Since then, Deborah has illustrated another 35 picture books including the award winning Te Reo Singalong series (The Writing Bug Ltd) and Moo and Moo and the Little Calf Too (Allen & Unwin, 2017), which was named overall best-selling children’s book in New Zealand for 2017.
Deborah lives and works from her home-based studio in rural Waikato.
Inspiration for Hollybee Hope wants a Prickly Coat came from the hedgehogs and other animals in her garden.