Armadillo and Hare – Jeremy Strong

Armadillo and Hare is one of the best children’s books I’ve ever read. It is absolutely adorable, funny and uplifting. Reading it felt like I was hugged by my loved ones, all at once. It is that good!


Armadillo and Hare are good friends. They live together in a cute small cabin in the Big Forest. From the very first pages, we understand that they have different characters. Hare is playful, full of energy, likes to read and dance, plays the tuba and cares about his scarves. Armadillo, on the other hand, is a tiny bit tetchy, thoughtful and very wise. Oh, and he is a massive fan of cheese sandwiches and, believe me, you’ll be craving cheese sandwiches with pickles while reading Armadillo and Hare, so get your sandwiches ready!

Armadillo and Hare - Jeremy Strong

Armadillo and Hare have different characters, yes, but that doesn’t mean they don’t get along. On the contrary, they get along just fine. And the experiences they have together are a joy to read. They make new friends, join a party for Nobody, pull through a big storm, befriend a Jaguar and a lot more!

I must say I’m in love with the illustrations; they add a lot to the story, and the characters come alive. I find myself laughing at them very often and wanted to share my joy with everyone, so I showed them to my husband. Thank God he is not like Armadillo; he loved the illustrations and laughed with me too!

I can go on and on about how delightful Armadillo and Hare is but, I must stop. I hope you’ll read and love it as much as I did. Enjoy!

Armadillo and Hare - Jeremy Strong

Armadillo and Hare

Armadillo and Hare live with their friends in the Big Forest. Hare loves dancing. Armadillo loves cheese sandwiches. Hare loves playing the tuba. Armadillo loves cheese sandwiches. Hare loves his best friend, Armadillo. Armadillo loves Hare – AND cheese sandwiches! They have quite a mix of friends, including an acrobatic wombat, a know-it-all lobster, a hungry jaguar, and (let’s not forget) the invisible stick insect.

Jeremy Strong

Jeremy Strong is a fantastic children’s author. His books are side splittingly funny and once you have read one your children will be asking you to get more. His work has a wide ranging appeal to the 7+ market (5-7s who are keen readers will love them too) especially to boys and tomboys. Jeremy was born in Eltham, South East London in November 1949.

He has had a varied career path before becoming an author including jobs as a: Head Teacher, Caretaker, Strawberry Picker, Jam Doughnut Stuffer! His first published book was Smith’s Tail in 1978 and he now lives in Kent. Jeremy’s work is characterised by humour and direct child appeal. The books are packed with tongue in cheek gags and characters and situations that your children will love.

He says of himself “My sense of humour got stuck at age ten.” He thinks his writing has been influenced most of all by Spike Milligan, but also by falling on his head when he was three years old. When he was about eighteen he started writing very serious stories for adults, but none of them were published. By the time he was twenty-one he was writing stories for children after realizing that he loved writing funny stories and making people laugh.

Armadillo and Hare - Jeremy Strong
Five Things You Didn’t Know About Jeremy Strong:

1. Jeremy Strong used to be Headmaster to The Diary of Dennis the Menace author, Steven Butler! Steven thanks Jeremy for helping to turn him from a reluctant reader, to an avid reader and finally a writer.

2. Jeremy’s first book was called Smith’s Tail and it was about a cat.

3. Jeremy once worked in a bakery, putting the jam into three thousand doughnuts every night.

4. Jeremy started writing stories when he was eight years old. When he was eighteen he started writing very serious stories for adults, but none of them were published. By the time he was twenty-one he was writing stories for children, and quickly realized that he loved writing funny stories and making people laugh.

5. If Jeremy wasn’t a writer he would want to play the piano really, really well, or be a terrific artist.

Rebecca Bagley

Rebecca began illustrating and writing for comics; self publishing and selling short graphic novels about robots and bears. After deciding to start being grown up and study properly, she graduated in 2014 with a First Class Honors in Graphic Design, working then for a short time in children’s publishing as a designer. Enthralled by the industry and fuelled by coffee and her obsession for picture books, she packed up her experience and returned to the other side of the coin to draw full time, and sometimes scan things in too.

Her work captures little tales of silliness, often extracted from reality but imagination is usually invited to play too. She enjoys making urban fables for young minds, that centre around characters and simple pleasures and always has time to bake a cake.

One day she hopes she can grow wise.

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