A Home Full of Friends

Written by : Peter Bently

Illustrated by: Charles Fuge

Published by:  Hodder Children’s Books (10 Aug. 2017)

Ages:   5 – 11 years

Theme: Friendship, Compassion, Kindness

Opening Lines: Bramble was looking for nuts by the river when a sudden fierce storm made him shudder and shiver.

“Oh bother! I’m bound to catch a cold in this storm! I’m heading back home where it’s cosy and warm!”

Synopsis: One stormy night, Bramble Badger offers his home to a group of animals in need and gets more than he bargained for! He’s worried about how everyone will fit, but when his house is crowded with friends, he gains something truly special.

Why I like this: This beautiful rhyming story of Bramble the Badger wandering through the forest collecting nuts and ends up offering his home to friends in need when they lose their homes, is a great message of friendship, compassion and kindness. The beautiful illustrations are rich and apart from a couple of pages, most are double-spread displaying emotion and lots of detail for the young to pore over. I loved how at first Bramble was so concerned at whether he had room or that his place was tidy enough to have visitors or that he had enough to feed everyone, but in the end it didn’t matter that they were crammed in, it was the company he enjoyed most. Giving new meaning to the saying – Home is where the Heart is. And I can sure attest to that, as having my dear critique buddy staying with me for three weeks hubby and I agree, it was the best time of all and so much fun.


Tips for sleepover nights…   https://www.todaysparent.com/kids/10-tips-for-successful-sleepovers/

Peter’s website…   http://www.peterbently.com/

Kids Tea Party ideas…     https://www.pinterest.nz/pin/312437292878237410/?lp=true

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About Diane Tulloch

Known also as the Patientdreamer I am a writer who loves to dream, and is passionate about writing stories for the young so that they may join me in the wonders of adventure in countries and cultures afar, and in special moments to remember.
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  1. What a welcoming book! Love that cover. We need to flood the children’s PB market with messages of kindness, compassion and friendship. Great selection!

  2. Darlene says:

    Another great picture book with a perfect message.

  3. It sounds very sweet and kind of reminds me of The MItten.
    Thanks for sharing!

  4. How incredibly sweet! I love Bramble Badger’s BIG heart! He sounds like the sort of friend everyone would love to have.

  5. Looks like a fun book. That cover is so inviting. Can’t wait to have a proper look at it. Thanks for highlighting it.

  6. Joanna says:

    That cover just welcomes you into the book.

  7. I love the cover. I love the rhyme. It sounds fabulous. It looks like our library doesn’t have this one. Will search the behemoth to see if I can find it new or used. Thanks for the rec!

    • Oh Jilanne I hope you can find it. It is an imprint of the Hachette Children’s Group UK so hope that helps. 2017 is not that old so should be able to order it in. He also has another out in the series and there is a third in the works.

  8. This looks like a beautiful book, Diane! And who couldn’t love a mc called Bramble!

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