Porcupine and Cactus

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Flamingo Books
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10.4 X 10.5 X 0.5 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author
Katie Frawley is the author of Lighthouse and the Little Boat and Tabitha and Fritz Trade Places. Like Porcupine, she makes great potato salad. Unlike Porcupine, her favorite color is Goose Turd Green. (This is a real color. Katie didn't make it up, though she wishes she had.) Katie teaches creative writing in sunny South Florida where she lives with her husband, five children, and a scruffy rescue pup named Gus.You can visit Katie Frawley at KatieFrawley.com

Alex Willmore
is an author and bestselling children's book illustrator. Since he could first hold a pencil, Alex has been drawing characters, bringing each to life with a sense of mischief and fun. After studying Illustration for Children's Publishing at the North Wales School of Art and Design, he went on to illustrate The Runaway Pea, which was selected for the BookTrust's 2020 Time to Read Campaign. Alex has won the 2020 Shrewsbury Book Fest award and The FCBG 2020 award for his illustrations in The Runaway Pea, as well as being nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal and was a finalist in the 2020 Oscar's Book Prize. His books have been translated into multiple languages. A love of fun storytelling and growing up on 80s cartoons lead Alex to write his own books, which combine captivating characters and quirky exploits, along with a positive moral message. Alex currently lives in his hometown of Northampton with his wife, two sons, and their chihuahua. You can visit Alex Willmore at AlexWillmore.co.uk
"Sometimes the best friend is the one who's willing to listen. . . Bright, funny, cartoonish illustrations complement the bubbly text as the porcupine enjoys a picnic with the unresponsive cactus, performs magic tricks, and chats on, oblivious . . . Children will delight in the realization that they know more about the cactus than the porcupine does and will laugh out loud at the misunderstandings that ensue. A silly, entertaining tale of a very prickly friendship."

"Chatty Porcupine's prickles are utterly tickled upon meeting Cactus during his lonesome travels through the desert . . . . A melodramatic reunion is sure to leave readers giggling, but it also subtly provides a winking reinforcement about the importance of respecting one another's boundaries, even at our most exuberant. The rubbery reticence of an inanimate cactus in the face of Porcupine's friendly onslaught is a conceit cleverly amplified throughout the story, and Willmore's mix of pencils, inks, and digital art create pleasing texture on barbed buddies and multicolored mesas alike. A heat-hazy sun moving across robin's egg desert skies provides harmoniously energetic timestamps to the sheer duration of Porcupine's cheerful abrasiveness. Readers who enjoy laughing alongside well-meaning but oblivious critters, will find this picture book a worthy pit-stop on their own travels."