C.R. Mudgeon

Leslie Muir

Book - 2012

Hedgehog C. R. Mudgeon, who is used to having everything exactly the same every day, has some adjusting to do when a lively new neighbor moves into the tree next door.

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Genres
Picture books
Published
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers 2012.
Edition
1st ed
Language
English
Physical Description
unpaged : ill
ISBN
9781416979067
1416979069
Main Author
Leslie Muir (-)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

A squirrel named Paprika adds some much needed spice to the titular hedgehog's humdrum routine in this chipper friendship tale. After flamboyant Paprika moves into the tree next door, bright red poppies sprouting outside his door hurt C.R.'s eyes, zesty aromas make his nightly dinner of "celery root soup—no lemon" taste bland, and mariachi music rumbles his roof; it's all too much for the quiet, persnickety hedgehog. He's content to read his favorite book, Medical Cures from A to Z, by the fire and treat himself to "one small fig for dessert—but only on Tuesdays." But Paprika's neighborly behavior works its magic, and C.R. decides he'd rather be bothered by the commotion than be lonely. Muir (The Little Bitty Bakery) gets the rhythms of two opposite personalities just right, and sprinkles a piquant note of humor over the proceedings. Hector (The Gentleman Bug) also has fun with the contrasts, from C.R.'s cozy slippers and well-worn sweater to Paprika's outrageously patterned frocks and piñata-festooned abode. Ages 4–8. Agent: Anna J. Webman, Curtis Brown. Illustrator's agent: Rebecca Sherman, Writers House. (Mar.) [Page ]. Copyright 2012 PWxyz LLC

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 2—C. R. Mudgeon is a prickly hedgehog whose orderly life is shaken up by a new neighbor. Paprika has a penchant for bright colors, hot sauce, and maracas. C. R. rebuffs the squirrel's friendly overtures and has to take to his bed to recuperate. Unable to bear the sight of her red poppy garden, the smell of her spices, or the sound of her music any longer, he puts an angry letter in her mailbox telling her to "move to a faraway tree." The next night he regrets his actions: "The quiet gave him a headache." When C. R. finds Paprika sick with the "whooping whiffles," he nurses her back to health. Hector's charcoal and watercolor illustrations are full of witty details, like C. R.'s droopy daisy boutonniere and Paprika's chili-pepper-patterned dress. While C. R. Mudgeon's change of heart comes about rather quickly, children will appreciate the sentiment that "Good friends are the spice of life."—Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada [Page 94]. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Hedgehog C. R. Mudgeon, who is used to having everything exactly the same every day, has some adjusting to do when a lively new neighbor moves into the tree next door.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Hedgehog C.R. Mudgeon, who is used to having everything exactly the same every day, has some adjusting to do when a lively new neighbor moves into the tree next door.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A set-in-his-ways hedgehog gets a new worldview—and a new friend along the way.

C.R. Mudgeon, a sensible hedgehog, likes knowing just what to expect. Always. No surprises, no excitement. So when a noisy new neighbor, Paprika the squirrel, arrives, C.R. Mudgeon is even less cheerful than normal. The sights! The sounds! The peppery, fiery smells! Everything about Paprika is just too much to handle, and C.R. is aching, sneezing, and seeing spots.

But everyone needs quiet sometimes, and when that time comes, C.R. Mudgeon will have just the thing for a new friend in need. And as for himself, he may even discover that a little spice is just what the doctor ordered!

Nuanced, joyful humor permeates the pages of this heartwarming picture book that will make even the littlest, grumpiest curmudgeons want to jump up and dance!

Review by Publisher Summary 4

A set-in-his-ways hedgehog gets a new worldview'and a new friend along the way.C.R. Mudgeon, a sensible hedgehog, likes knowing just what to expect. Always. No surprises, no excitement. So when a noisy new neighbor, Paprika the squirrel, arrives, C.R. Mudgeon is even less cheerful than normal. The sights! The sounds! The peppery, fiery smells! Everything about Paprika is just too much to handle, and C.R. is aching, sneezing, and seeing spots.But everyone needs quiet sometimes, and when that time comes, C.R. Mudgeon will have just the thing for a new friend in need. And as for himself, he may even discover that a little spice is just what the doctor ordered!Nuanced, joyful humor permeates the pages of this heartwarming picture book that will make even the littlest, grumpiest curmudgeons want to jump up and dance!