Hilda and the Runaway Baby by Daisy Hirst

Hilda and the Runaway Baby

Written by Daisy Hirst
Illustrated by Daisy Hirst

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An unusual gem of a book, this is a delightfully imaginative story about a special friendship between a pig and a baby that is full of charm and humour. Hilda the pig lives in a nice home in a field. She has everything that she needs, nobody bothers her and she is always exactly where she expects to be. The runaway baby is the exact opposite. He is never where he is expected to be – although he does usually turn up safely! Luckily, when things get a little out of control one time, Hilda is on hand to rescue the baby and the two become inseparable. ~ Julia Eccleshare


Hilda and the Runaway Baby by Daisy Hirst

An unusual gem of a book ... full of charm and humour - Julia Eccleshare.

In her truly authentic and original voice, Daisy Hirst, creator of Alphonse, That Is Not OK To Do! introduces two loveable new characters to the picture book world: Hilda and the Runaway Baby. Hilda the pot-bellied pig lives at the foot of a hill. Life is uneventful and she is always where she expects herself to be. At the top of the hill lives a mischievous baby who is never ever where people expect him to be ... which is why he is known as the Runaway Baby. But on a high-speed escapade in a pram, the Runaway Baby and Hilda's worlds collide ... and an unlikely friendship begins.


Daisy Hurst goes from strength to strength. Her wonderfully whimsical illustrations bring sheer delight at every turn of the page and she has such a talent for delivering marvellously maverick and memorable tales. * Red Reading Hub *

An unusual gem of a book, this is a delightfully imaginative story about a special friendship between a pig and a baby that is full of charm and humour. * LoveReading, Julia Eccleshare *

This book is certain to bring a knowing smile to the faces of parents sharing it with little ones! * Armadillo *

About the Author

Daisy Hirst

Daisy Hirst studied English and Creative Writing at Warwick University and Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art before becoming an author and illustrator. She won the Lara Jones award in the Macmillan Prize for The Runaway Baby and her debut picture book, The Girl With the Parrott on Her Head, was selected as The Times' children's book of the week. Her second book, Alphonse, That Is Not OK to Do!, has been translated into nine different languages worldwide. Daisy lives Worcester.

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 3 to 5 years


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Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

1st February 2018




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