Hogwash

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It’s bath time! All the little piggies have had lots of fun playing, and now they’re dirty, muddy, and covered in paint. But their mamas aren’t worried—they have just the machine to turn this Herculean task into an adventure. Anyone who has ever been captivated by the swaying brushes and spinning jets of soap and water at the car wash will be in hog heaven as Arthur Geisert’s intricate etchings reveal the inner workings of an enormous contraption that can lather and scrub a whole farm full of dirty little piglets...

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Overview

It’s bath time! All the little piggies have had lots of fun playing, and now they’re dirty, muddy, and covered in paint. But their mamas aren’t worried—they have just the machine to turn this Herculean task into an adventure. Anyone who has ever been captivated by the swaying brushes and spinning jets of soap and water at the car wash will be in hog heaven as Arthur Geisert’s intricate etchings reveal the inner workings of an enormous contraption that can lather and scrub a whole farm full of dirty little piglets in no time at all—and that’s not just a bunch of hogwash!

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Editorial Reviews

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"Readers and prereaders...will chortle, whether they come upon this before or after their individual ablutions." Kirkus, Feb 1 2008 Kirkus Reviews

"[M]aster of the 'page-turn'...only Geisert could take a one-word title and create such an engaging scenario." Booklist Jan 1 2008 Booklist, ALA

"[A] tantalizing, quirkily dignified...joyous world, where getting clean is as much fun as getting dirty." Horn Book March/April 2008 Horn Book

"Pore over the cleverly devised ink-hatched and watercolor-tinted gadgetry, then...round up some kitchen gear for tear-free tubtime." Bulletin, March 2008 Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"The pigs appear delighted with the whole process. Readers will be, too." PW Starred 2/18/08

Publishers Weekly, Starred

"There are no words in [this] marvelous picture book...but words and giggles aplenty will fly from youngsters." Sacramento Bee, 03/23/08 Sacramento Bee

Publishers Weekly

Somewhere in the Midwest lies a village inhabited by genteel pigs with a flair for civil engineering, their ingenuity documented in many collections of Geisert's (Lights Out) elaborate hand-colored copperplate etchings. This time, in a series of straight-faced, deftly composed spreads, Geisert shows the village piglets playing in giant mud baths and overturning huge vats of paint. The piglets-nearly a hundred of them-must be scrubbed down, and the community maintains a gigantic machine for just this purpose, an automated assembly that wets, washes and dries them: in short, a hogwash. The etchings have no accompanying text; the pictures contain all the necessary information. Readers will be able to follow the water flowing through a sluice into the immense boiler, half-teapot, half-eggplant, and then into the wooden bathing vat that swishes from side to side (box of powdered detergent controlled by pulley and string from a control tower up top), and watch the pigs ride through the drying apparatus, also wood-fired, and onto the wind-turbine-driven clothesline-er, pigline. Every pipe leads somewhere, and all the technology looks workable. The pigs appear delighted with the whole process. Readers will be, too. Ages 4-8. (Mar.)

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Kirkus Reviews
How to get dozens of piglets and their clothes clean after a day's romp in mud and paint? Taking cues from both Rube Goldberg and perhaps his local car-wash, Geisert parades squadrons of tiny porkers through a riotously elaborate mass bath/laundry constructed in a desert setting from old-timey looking pipes, struts, tanks, boards, pulleys, water wheels and like gear. Because the view repeatedly shifts from wide-angle to close-up, some backing and forthing may be necessary to follow the smiling troupe through soaping and rinse, air drying and a finishing trip pinned to long, revolving clotheslines, but, as always, Geisert's microscopic figures are individually drawn, so there's plenty of small-scale side business to pick out along the way. Readers and prereaders both will chortle, whether they come upon this before or after their individual ablutions. (Picture book. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618773329
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/31/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 837,629
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Arthur Geisert’s unique and exquisite etchings have been widely praised and exhibited at the Chicago Institute of Art, among other museums. His work is regularly selected for the Society of Illustrators’, annual Original Art exhibition, and his illustrations are now being collected by the Dubuque Museum of Art. He lives in a converted bank in Bernard, Iowa.

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