Herne Hill Children's Author - new book out now! Help our hedgehogs

Hello Herne Hillians!

When not orchestrating Herne Hill World Record Attempts, I write children's books with my good friend and illustrator, Jenna Herma. Our prickly new creation launched this weekend, with support from Ben Fogle and input from the British Hedgehog Preservation Society. Through it, we're hoping to inspire the next generation of wildlife lovers to look out for this amazing species, which is facing catastrophic decline.

We're donating 10% of proceeds from hedgehog books sold directly via our website (www.doodlesandscribbles.co.uk) to the British Hedgehog Preservation Society during November, to support the amazing work they do.  You can also find our prickly creation at Tales On Moon Lane, Herne Hill Books and Kinder Lala, as well as Waterstones stores and other amazing independents up and down the country. 

And you can help hedgehogs in several easy ways:

  • Create CD-sized holes in your garden fences to enable hedgehogs to roam the requisite 2 miles each night in search of food
  • Sign the change.org petition to make said holes in fences compuslory in all new housing developments
  • Provide supplementary feeding at this time of year as hedgehogs prepare for hibernation
  • Help London Wildlife Trust track our urban hedgehogs - Rosendale allotments are looking active!
  • AND PLEASE follow Ben Fogle's advice to check for sleeping hedgehogs before lighting your BONFIRE this year - ideally relocate your bonfire before striking up to avoid any prickly casualties.

Our official press release blurb is below - but the main message is that we hope you enjoy our new book, made in Herne Hill with love!


Hedgehogs Don’t Live in the City! 

By author Lucy Reynolds and illustrator Jenna Herman

Produced with input from the British Hedgehog Preservation Society & supported by their Patron Ben Fogle 

Published by Doodles & Scribbles, 27th October 2018 Paperback, Thread-bound, Full-colour, Extent 32pp 

ISBN: 978-1-9997704-1-9 RRP: £7.99 Children’s 

Parrots Don't Live in the City! has been one of our best loved and bestselling picture books.’ Waterstones Clapham Junction 

Hedgehogs Don’t Live in the City! is the much-awaited second title from fresh new publishing duo, Doodles & Scribbles. As a sequel to the ever-popular Parrots Don’t Live in the City!, this charming children’s picture book invites little explorers to enter a tumbling leafy cityscape in search of one rare and distinctive animal.  

The author & illustrator duo hope to act as inspiration to young and old to help our prickly friend hibernate safely before the onset of this winter. Produced with input from the British Hedgehog Preservation Society and supported by their Patron Ben Fogle, 10% of proceeds from hedgehog books sold directly via the Doodles & Scribbles website during October and November will be donated to the British Hedgehog Preservation Society. The book is also available at bookstores nationwide including the best independents and Waterstones. 

Perfect for young readers aged 2-6, Hedgehogs Don’t Live in the City! features delightful rhyming verse and beautiful hand-drawn illustrations. Packed with enchanting detail to encourage hide-and-seek exploration, it aims to inspire in young readers and their parents a love of the natural world through its charming narrative tale and gentle emphasis on leaf, seed and insect identification. The book is being launched alongside a beautiful gift box, which contains a selection of activities designed to foster a love of nature whilst creating lasting memories together. 

Fay Vas, CEO, British Hedgehog Preservation Society commenting on the book: “I am delighted that Hedgehogs Don’t Live in the City! is being launched now to put a spotlight on the plight of the nation’s favourite mammal. This summer has been particularly challenging for our prickly friends with the very long dry spell we had making it difficult for them to find enough natural food and water. That can result in them becoming undernourished and dehydrated. This delightful book will inspire young readers and their families to help hedgehogs.” 

And don’t forget! Ben Fogle, Patron of British Hedgehog Preservation Society, reminds people to check for hedgehogs before lighting their bonfires this November: “Sadly, hedgehogs are a forgotten victim of bonfire season every year. Simply check before you light! Hedgehogs are precious and rare - this book celebrates the wonder of nature, and what we can all do together to preserve this incredible species.” 

Author Lucy Reynolds shares her thoughts on what inspired her to write the book: “Even in the middle of a busy city, my little boy and I can find nature all around us in the most unexpected of places - kerb-side meadows, railway banks, sprawling cemeteries, parks and gardens – the city is teeming with wildlife if you stop to notice. I love pausing with my son to seek out the wonder of nature together and hope our books will ignite this same interest amongst young readers.” 

Illustrator Jenna Herman reflects: “Our mission is to inspire through beauty, just as nature does, and I hope to reflect this through my illustrations. I have woven in a delicate hide-and-seek design and nature trail that encourage young readers to spot leaves, seed-pods, insects and birds as they journey through our pages. We want to inspire today’s children to develop an eye for natural wonder.”