A simple, recognisable story about the struggle to get children to share their toys. Parents will recognise Porcupine well but there is perhaps a missed opportunity with the final message as Porcupine doesn’t learn the error of his ways – he is more lucky that Alfie is a nice boy. The illustrations are a lot of fun – particularly Porcupine’s sneaky face and ingenuity collecting toys!
An introduction to the concept of sharing which should prompt some discussion with young readers. T mainly enjoyed admiring Alfie’s impressive range of toys and told me, “I would like a rocket ship and dinosaur.”