Hedgehog searches for her lost friend, Mutty. The cast of creatures she meets during her journey each contribute to the search in their own special ways. Soon,  Mole, Beaver, Hen, Owl, and Annika Mae teach Hedgehog that when you are going through tough times, the ones around you can offer strength, connection and perspective.


Sometimes you make a friend, 
 it feels like you have known that friend your entire life. . . .

The Story of Us

Lauren Castillo – Author and Illustrator

 This is an illustrated chapter book about Hedgehog, who lives on an island in the middle of a river with her friend, Mutty, a white dog with “a chocolate-brown stitched nose.”  Hedgehog and Mutty, spend “all their days together. Playing. Imagining. Dreaming.”

Between the great forests, in the center of
the river, on a teeny-tiny island, lived two
dear friends:  Hedgehog and Mutty.
Just the two of them, and no one else.
They spent all their days together.

That is, until the Terrible Storm whisks Mutty away.

Aware that crying wouldn’t solve anything, Hedgehog decided to set out on a rescue mission to bring her friend back.


Following the trail of clues Mutty left behind, brave Hedgehog meets a wiggly Mole, a wordy Owl, a curmudgeonly Beaver, a scatterbrained Hen and Chicks and a girl who’s new to the neighborhood, Annika May.

With bravery and teamwork, there’s nothing that can stop these seven from finding Mutty, but along the way they discover something even more important: each other.

This sweet book is about friendship and bravery. But it’s also about making our own way in the world, finding our people.






Hedge Hog and Mutty


All the Characters pdf