Children’s books by Richard Heddington

Book 6 out now.

Henry the Hedgegnome and the forgetful fairy.

Henry meets a fairy who can’t remember why she has come to the garden. Can Henry the Hedgegnome and some of his garden friends work out what the fairy was supposed to do? And can they get the job done in time?
Henry the Hedgegnome children's books. Henry and fairy with book 6 cover
Henry the Hedgegnome children's books. Bedtime story read by the author. - video

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Everyone loves a Bedtime story Watch Richard read Henry the Hedgegnome has a busy day.
Henry the Hedgegnome children's books. Henry sat on bench with fairy flying overhead.
Henry the Hedgegnome children's books. Animated Henry the Hedgegnome walking.

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Henry the Hedgegnome children's books. The forgetful fairy.
Henry the Hedgegnome children's books. A Christmas bedtime story read by the author. - video

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A Bedtime story video Watch Richard read Henry the Hedgegnome’s amazing Christmas Day
Henry the Hedgegnome children's books. Henry holding a paintbrush.
Henry the Hedgegnome children's books. Henry standing on the author's hand.

About Richard Heddington

Why was Henry the Hedgegnome hiding in the attic for nearly 40 years? Read the fascinating story of how Henry the Hedgegnome books came to be published (and why it took so long).
Henry the Hedgegnome children's books. Mrs Ladybird.
Henry the Hedgegnome children's books. Two hedgehogs seen in the garden. Video.

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Henry the Hedgegnome has been out with his camera to record the hedgehogs in the garden.

It sounds like these two are either playing choo-choo trains or they think they’re the Ninky Nonk.

Henry the Hedgegnome children's books. Henry standing among flowers.

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Richard Heddington, children’s author.

Richard Heddington first drew Henry the Hedgegnome when he was at school in the late 1970’s.
 
Although most hedgehogs are renowned for hibernating, Henry the Hedgegnome took it to the extreme and had a 40 year nap before being awoken to star in a bedtime story for Richard’s first granddaughter.
 
It was while reading a MrMen book as a bedtime story that he realised the simple illustrated format was perfect for Henry the Hedgegnome. After a rummage in the attic to find the original drawings, the first book ‘Henry the Hedgegnome has a busy day’ was soon written, illustrated, and published.
Since the publication of that first book, Henry the Hedgegnome has grown in popularity and the stories are now sold around the world.
 
When asked about the 40 years it took to create the children’s book series, Richard jokes that “Sometimes, overnight success takes a little time.”

Henry the Hedgegnome, a children’s book superstar.

Henry the Hedgegnome is a little hedgehog who wears stripy socks. These picture books are perfect bedtime stories for 2-6 year-olds and easy reading for early readers. Through Henry’s adventures children are introduced to other garden creatures such as Mr Snail, Mr Worm, and Mr Bee.

Henry the Hedgegnome is a hit with children worldwide, and the success is attributed to a growing awareness of the plight of hedgehogs and the simplicity of the illustrations. Henry the Hedgegnome is real enough for children to believe in him, while being simple enough for them to easily draw for themselves.

Buy Henry the Hedgegnome books.

Books can be ordered from all good bookshops, online retailers, and the Henry the Hedgegnome website.

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