Binding: Paperback

Imprint: Andersen Press

Age 9+

Farm Animals Animal Stories Wildlife Crime & Mystery Fiction Adventure Stories

When Jefferson the hedgehog goes to his local hairdresser's, he's shocked to discover the barber lying dead on the floor. Falsely accused of the murder, Jefferson goes into hiding in the human kingdom with only his friend Gilbert the pig to help him clear his name. But can the two hunt down the real killer before it's too late? And how is the murder connected to the fight for animal rights?

With a cover by Lisa d’Andrea, and inside illustrations by Antoine Ronzon


Jean-Claude Mourlevat was born in Ambert, Auvergne in 1952 in a farming family. He studied in Strasbourg, Toulouse, Bonn and Paris, and worked as a German teacher in college before becoming an actor. He performed as the clown character Guedoulde in a show that toured France and internationally and has also staged works by Brecht, Cocteau and Shakespeare. Jean-Claude Mourlevat turned to writing for children in the late 1990s and has since published numerous books for young readers and won several awards including the Prix des Incorruptibles and the Sorcières Prix. He lives near Saint-Étienne, with his wife and their two children.


[B]oth charming and instructive, fast-paced and entertaining-but, most of all, these qualities combine to deliver a powerful message about the brutal slaughter of animals for meat. This is activism in soft but deadly gloves

Books for Keeps

Brilliantly mixes genres . . . entertaining and thought-provoking


Humour, wordplay and linguistic invention serves a fable which teaches young readers that animals also have rights


The writing is fluid, accessible and rich . . . filled with humour and tenderness

La Montagne

Magical… humorous and touching. A story that opens young minds


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