Children’s animator Erica Carlson announces the release of her first book, Sedgie the Hedgie Finds the Treasure


Today, Erica Carlson, CEO of Erica Entertainment, announced the release of her new book, Sedgie the Hedgie finds the treasure. Published by Gateway Press, the book was written for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. The book was inspired by Erica’s famous pirate-themed magic show and includes messages about teamwork, courage, and finding simple treasures. Like the magic show, the book introduces Erica’s hedgehog, Sedgie the Hedgie, and adds Erica’s family dog, Clover, a Whoodle – a Wheaton Terrier and Standard Poodle mix.

“Having met so many children over the years visiting schools and libraries, I’m thrilled to share Sedgie the Hedgie in this book,” Erica said. “Kids love seeing and petting him in person at local events and now they can take him home, by virtue of having him in a book!”

To write the book, Erica drew on her experience as a language arts teacher and 20 years of entertaining children where she encourages them to make connections while reading and find their spark for writing. She also hired a Columbus-based illustrator Drew Dittmar to illustrate the book.

Sedgie the Hedgie finds the treasure is amazing! I can’t wait for so many kids to find the joy of flipping through the pages and adventuring with Sedgie, Clover and all the characters. Fantastic for all grade levels!” said Nikki Henkel, Secondary Media Center Specialist and Former ELA Teacher.

To find more information, schedule an author visit for your school or community library, and download a free coloring page, visit

To find an upcoming event where you can purchase the book and meet Sedgie the Hedgie in person, visit

The book is available in paperback ($11.99) and hardcover ($16.99) at Barnes and Noble and Amazonand on To light up($3.99).

About Erica Carlson

Erica Carlson is a children’s entertainer who has written over ten magic and storytelling shows which she performs with her live magic sidekick, Sedgie the Hedgie. She received her Masters in Education from The Ohio State University and for more than twenty years, Erica has combined her experience as a language arts teacher with entertainment to encourage children to make connections while reading and to find their spark to write. When not sculpting balloons or performing, Erica finds adventure in the flow of everyday life, enjoys outdoor picnics with her family where they eat “the taste of summer” ( tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil) and runs with their dog, Trèfle. Erica lives in Hilliard, Ohio with her husband and three children.

About Erica Entertainment

Erica Carlson is a local children’s author and entertainer who specializes in author tours, magic shows with her live hedgehog, and balloon sculpting. She has entertained thousands of people in the Columbus, Ohio area for over 20 years.


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