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Children's Fiction Nocturnal

Wilhelm, the Hedgehog

by (author) Tanya Stus

illustrated by Anna Sarvira

Running the Goat
Initial publish date
May 2023
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2023
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3


Wilhelm is a hedgehog who lives in a park in the city. Unlike most hedgehogs who sleep in the day and eat and explore in the evening, Wilhelm is curious and wants to know a bit more about the daytime world — especially about Light and the sun. His friends try to dissuade him, but eventually realize that Wilhelm won't be convinced to behave like a "normal" hedgehog. So instead they work together to help him achieve his dream.

A charming tale about being yourself, following your dreams, and about the friends who help you, Wilhelm the Hedgehog was originally published in Ukraine in 2017. It celebrates creativity, inspiration, and community.

About the authors

Tanya Stus is a child psychologist and an author of about two dozen fiction and educational books for children and adolescents. Born into a "teacher's dynasty" with almost 400 years of combined pedagogical experience, she is the Head of the Children's Reading Laboratory of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, founder of its "BaraBooka: The space of the Ukrainian children's book", and editor-in-chief of the children's publishing house Small Academy. As well, she is the author of creative writing programs for children and adolescents, and a public activist for the promotion of children's and adolescent reading and the reform of school literary education.

Tanya Stus' profile page

An illustrator from Kyiv, co-founder of the Pictoric Illustrators Club, Anna Sarvira has been interested in books and their design since childhood. What began as a childhood passion has become her profession. A graduate of Ukraine's National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture, she collaborates with many Ukrainian publishers and children's magazines. She has taken part in many exhibitions in Ukraine and abroad; in early 2022 the Museum of Modern Art (NY) featured her graphic artwork on daily life in Ukraine just before Russia's invasion. Her work has been awarded the COW (Centre of the World) International Prize and the Joseph Binder Award.

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