Hollybee Hope Wants a Prickly Coat

Book Author & Illustrator Deborah Hinde
Rights Available World excl. NZ 

Hollybee Hope is a hedgehog with a prickly problem … she doesn’t have any spines! Her father tells her to be patient, but Hollybee is not a patient hedgehog. She wants to look like a real hedgehog and have spines right now!

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’d sacrifice something special.

Written and illustrated by one of New Zealand’s most established and popular picture book creators, Hollybee Hope wants a Prickly Coat is the second title in this charming collection (following Hare, published in 2016).


About the Author
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, in the centre of New Zealand’s North Island. Inspiration for Hollybee Hope wants a Prickly Coat came from the hedgehogs and other animals in her garden.


PictureBook Publishing


240mm x 250mm



Picture Book

Age Range
2-5 years

Rights Available:
World excl. NZ

Rights Agents:


Frances Plumpton

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... One thing I found really powerful in the story was how Hollybee and her friends Maddie Mouse, Basil Bunny and Nanny Snuffles worked together to solve Hollybee’s problem and how they encouraged Hollybee to accept herself as she is. As an early childhood teacher this type of cooperation, working together and manaaki are learning strategies you encourage every day when working with young children ...

Swings and Roundabouts

The language is lively and rich, and Deb Hinde’s illustrations are an absolute delight. A gang of cute critters working together to solve Hollybee’s prickly problem. Kids will love it!

Sue Copsey, Award-Winner Children's Author and Editor