Eileen: What kind of animal are you?
Rory: I am a hedgehog
Eileen: What do hedgehogs like to do?
Rory: They like to roll up in a nest of leaves, and to go hunting at night for food.
Eileen: What kind of food do you eat?
Fruit that has fallen down, slugs, worms and other creepy-crawlies.
Eileen: Where did you get your red gumboots from?
Rory: They were a present from my friend Jerome Gnome.
Eileen: Where do you live?
Rory: Noddinghead Nook
Eileen: What kind of place is that?
Rory: It’s a lovely quiet, sleepy place, with lots of trees and a little stream running through it. I live there with my friends.
Eileen: Who are your friends?
Rory: Well Maisie Mouse is my best friend, but Roberta Rabbit, Oswald Owl, and Boris Badger are my friends too.
Eileen: What are your friends like?
Rory: Maisie Mouse is kind and a bit shy. Roberta Rabbit is motherly, patient and sensible. Boris Badger can be a bit gruff and impatient, but is really soft-hearted. Oswald Owl is very wise and knows what to do when things go wrong.
Eileen: Are all the animals in Noddinghead Nook friendly?
Rory: Well… Fernado Fox and Horace Hare aren’t always kind. They enjoy playing tricks on the other animals for fun, but it isn’t much fun for the poor animals they play tricks on.
Eileen: What happened in Noddinghead Nook that upset the animals so much?
Rory: Well it all started in Chapter 3….
Chapter 3 - Monsters in Noddinghead Nook
Rory Gumboots had not gone far, when he came upon a very
frightened Maisie Mouse.
‘Oh Rory! I’m so glad to see you,’ gasped poor Maisie.
‘Why, what’s the matter with you, you poor thing?’ asked Rory (as
he hated to see his friend so upset).
‘Monsters!’ gulped Maisie
‘Monsters! Where?’ said Rory.
‘Over there in the meadow,’ squeaked Maisie, as she pointed across
Rory stared across the stream and a look of shock came over his face.
‘Gracious me-Monsters!’ he blurted out.
There in the meadow stood three or four huge monsters, with different
shaped heads; and one was baring its teeth. Rory thought quickly and
then declared to Maisie,
‘Something must be done. We will call a meeting of all the woodland