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The Stinky Cheese Man illustrator Lane Smith brings back his upbeat Hocky family after ten years, sending them off to greener pastures for some good old country living.
In short scenes with visual and textual punch lines that parody early readers like Dick and Jane, the Hockys spend time getting used to animals, meeting their neighbors, and braving the elements. Smith’s art brilliantly plays with 1950s rustic, country motifs -- brown-flecked paper, red-and-white checkerboard endpages -- in such vignettes as "Activities" (which says that "there is A LOT to do in the Hocky's town of Old Newbury," with the Town Calendar full of chili dinners and one bingo game) and "Henry's Bird Feeder" (a two-part saga about the Hocky kid battling a band of sneaky squirrels). Through all their countryside trials and tribulations, however, the happy Hockys are sure "to be OKAY in the country," since "LOOK! Mrs. Hocky has won a RED RIBBON in the livestock contest!" while Henry takes home a blue ribbon and Mr. Hocky leads the parade.
Both clever and witty, Smith's fun-loving family will send kids up in cheers. The Hockys' optimism and stick-to-itiveness gives a gentle lesson in keeping a positive spirit despite sour turns of events, while the author's offbeat humor will keep readers in stitches. More Hocky, please! Shana Taylor