Perfect Picture Book Friday-Mr. Prickles: A Quill-Fated Love Story

Yipee! It’s Perfect Picture Book Friday. This week, I have chosen to review Mr. Prickles: A Quill-Fated Love Story. I am in love with this book. It is MOST adorable.

Mr. Prickles: A Quill-Fated Love Story

Written by Kara LaReau

Illustrated by Scott Magoon

Publisher: Roaring Brook Press 2011

Ages: 2-6

Themes: Humor, Friendship, Not Fitting In, Holiday (Valentines Day)

Synopsis and a few lines: (from the book jacket) Mr. Prickles was not a particularly friendly fellow. He was tough to get close to . . . because he was a porcupine.
“You’re not cute like us,” said Raccoon.
“Or cuddly like us,” said Chipmunk.
“Or playful like us,” said Skunk.
“I am,” said Mr. Prickles. “On the inside.”
Poor Mr. Prickles was very lonely-until the day he met Miss Pointypants. Could she be the perfect prickly companion for moonlit strolls and midnight feasts? Was love in the air for even the sharpest of sorts?

Resources: These downloadable Prickly Love Notes would be great for children to view and then create their own love notes. Here is a PDF of black and white love notes that could be used a color pages. I didn’t find any other resources, but this book would lend itself well to discussions of bullying and not fitting in.

Why I Like This Book: This would be especially great for Valentines Day…but I couldn’t wait eleven months to share it with all of you. No matter what day of the year, you will be happy that you read it. Clever wordplay adds humor to the familiar theme of not fitting in. After being taunted and teased by the other forest creatures, I was thrilled that Mr. Prickles noticed Miss Pointypants. It takes them a minute to warm up to each other (as they regard each other pointedly) but, as witnessed on the cover, friendship wins out. You will feel the rejection, loneliness,  and love as Scott Magoon‘s illustrations brilliantly convey the emotions of the characters.

Susanna Leonard Hill features Perfect Picture Book Friday on her blog. This is a wonderful resource if you are wondering what books to give as gifts, needing material for a lesson, and mainly just perfect for those who love to read picture books. Here is a list of books by category. This is very handy for finding books for lessons in the classroom, or for finding books on a particular topic to discuss with your children at home. Each book listed has a link to a review and information about that book. There is also an alphabetical list if you scroll down past the category list.

25 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday-Mr. Prickles: A Quill-Fated Love Story

  1. Hi Penny, this is my first time to visit your site through Susanna’s Perfect Picture Book Friday meme. The first thing that caught me was the word-play “quill-fated love story” indeed! This sounds just like my kind of book! I have pinned this in my Pinterest board so that I’d be reminded to borrow this as well. Oh dear oh dear my stack of books to borrow has grown considerably since we have joined this meme, and it’s only the first week!


    1. Sorry it took me a bit to get back with you. I have had very limited computer time for the last couple of days.
      Thank you so much for stopping by. I know what you mean by the stack of books! There are so many I want to read that it could be my full time job :•) I would love that!


  2. This sounds like a really funny story…with an important message! Thank you, Penny, for bringing it to us.
    Children need to hear about others who don’t always fit in. 🙂


  3. When I read the title on Susanna’s blog and then travelled here to read I kept thinking ouch!…. but, this is so cute story and so true about times when we feel we just don’t fit in…. even the prickliest find a friend. Love this!


  4. Oh, this book reminds me of Porcupining: A Prickly Love Story by Lisa Wheeler (Little, Brown, and Company – 2002). Thanks for sharing. It’s refreshing to know that similar stories can still be published…so long as the market isn’t infiltrated with such, I guess.

    (FYI – In case anyone’s wondering… Apparently, I now have a wordpress account? I don’t remember doing it, but I’m using a different e-mail so that’s why I don’t have my picture showing and I don’t remember my gravatar password at the moment to attempt to update it for a second e-mail.)


  5. This reminds me of that old Schoolhouse Rock video The Tale of Mr. Morton.Do you remember those? He was as lonely as Mr. Prickles, but found true love in the end.


  6. This book looks so cute, Penny! I will have to read it ASAP. I just read The Cow That Laid An Egg this week – I’m pretty sure that was one of yours – and it was great! Thanks for sharing this points tale 🙂


      1. I know!!! I have been auto-corrected and auto-spelled into senseless texts and emails!
        So glad you like The Cow That Laid An Egg. You ought to read the others…The Cow That Was the Best Moo-ther, Best Cow in Show, and First Week At Cow School. I haven’t read the last one yet…but plan to since I loved the others.


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