Hogwood Steps Out: A Good, Good Pig Story

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THE GOOD, GOOD PIG GETS HIS OWN PICTURE BOOK, PERFECT FOR YOUNG READERS.

Christopher Hogwood is definitely a pig with personality! He’s bright, curious, and has just a slight infatuation with rich, inviting mud. Hogwood Steps Out is Howard Mansfield’s fictionalized account of his own pig’s behavior on a fine spring day, a pig made famous in his wife Sy Montgomery’s book, The Good Good Pig. Barry Moser’s luminescent paintings give Hogwood a personality that is all his own, ...

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Overview

THE GOOD, GOOD PIG GETS HIS OWN PICTURE BOOK, PERFECT FOR YOUNG READERS.

Christopher Hogwood is definitely a pig with personality! He’s bright, curious, and has just a slight infatuation with rich, inviting mud. Hogwood Steps Out is Howard Mansfield’s fictionalized account of his own pig’s behavior on a fine spring day, a pig made famous in his wife Sy Montgomery’s book, The Good Good Pig. Barry Moser’s luminescent paintings give Hogwood a personality that is all his own, allowing him to remind us to notice all the little wonderful things that surround us every day.

Hogwood Steps Out is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2–Mansfield has written a short, loving reminiscence of Christopher Hogwood, a well-loved pig adopted and raised by him and his wife, naturalist writer Sy Montgomery. The Good, Good Pig (Ballantine, 2006) details their life with Christopher from a tiny runt carried home in a shoebox to the huge (700-plus pounds) hog whose loving personality deeply touched their lives and the lives of their hens, their neighbors, friends, and even strangers. In this story, the huge hog lets himself out of his comfortable pen and goes on a spring jaunt, enjoying some lettuce in a neighbor’s garden; rooting a winding trench through a lovely green lawn with his flat nose; then scaring away the backhoe operator with his congratulatory bellowing. Finally, bribed with an apple, he allows the town policeman to lead him home. Moser’s realistic double-page watercolors introduce youngsters to an endearing, bright-eyed pig whose obvious enjoyment of the small pleasures of life in his rural village is contagious and childlike in its naïveté and sincerity–possibly the reason that Moser has placed himself in the role of policeman. Mansfield’s story provides insight into realistic porcine character and behavior in a most enjoyable format.–Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH

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Christopher Hogwood, the 600-pound, black-and-white pig featured in Sy Montgomery’s memoir for adults, The Good Good Pig (2006), makes his picture-book debut as a personable narrator. The text is short and appealing. After spending the winter in a cozy barn snuggling with the other barnyard animals, Hogwood is itching to get out and wallow in some good mud. Unfastening the gate is no challenge for him, so off he goes to a garden with fresh lettuce, only to be run off by the angry gardener. Next he tears up a lawn and gets chased off. Finally, he’s apprehended by a policeman. Back, cozily asleep in the barn, Hogwood dreams of the next crops that he’ll raid, expressing the sentiment, “God bless gardeners.” Completing the appealing package are bold, full-page, realistic watercolors featuring handsome Hogwood, usually front and center, in a lush setting. Children will cheer for the unruly, unrepentant Hogwood. — Randall Enos

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Christopher Hogwood the pig, tired of being in his pen all winter, takes us with him as he opens the gate to explore. He is shocked when the gardener chases him away from the tasty greens. But although he weighs 600 pounds, Hogwood does not knock people over. Chasing the smell of rich mud, Hogwood enjoys rolling furrows in the lawn until shooed away. Now a policeman joins the others who are following him to where a backhoe has dug a delightful looking hog-wallowing trench. But the "man in blue" has roped Hogwood. Being tired, he allows himself to be led back home. He is used to this. He has these folks "well-trained." He looks forward to a good summer enjoying their plantings. "God bless gardeners," is his final thought. Moser's naturalistic watercolors manage to make this massive black-and-white pig appealing. He also evokes all the humor in the double-page, fully detailed scenes. Somehow through the pig's eyes we almost find the freshly dug trench inviting. A striped cat makes a fine contrast as they snuggle together on the opening and closing pages. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
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PreS-Gr 2- Mansfield has written a short, loving reminiscence of Christopher Hogwood, a well-loved pig adopted and raised by him and his wife, naturalist writer Sy Montgomery. The Good, Good Pig (Ballantine, 2006) details their life with Christopher from a tiny runt carried home in a shoebox to the huge (700-plus pounds) hog whose loving personality deeply touched their lives and the lives of their hens, their neighbors, friends, and even strangers. In this story, the huge hog lets himself out of his comfortable pen and goes on a spring jaunt, enjoying some lettuce in a neighbor's garden; rooting a winding trench through a lovely green lawn with his flat nose; then scaring away the backhoe operator with his congratulatory bellowing. Finally, bribed with an apple, he allows the town policeman to lead him home. Moser's realistic double-page watercolors introduce youngsters to an endearing, bright-eyed pig whose obvious enjoyment of the small pleasures of life in his rural village is contagious and childlike in its naïveté and sincerity-possibly the reason that Moser has placed himself in the role of policeman. Mansfield's story provides insight into realistic porcine character and behavior in a most enjoyable format.-Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH

Kirkus Reviews
What happens when spring strikes the fancy of a 600-pound pig with personality and panache? Confined to his pen all winter, Christopher Hogwood smells the rich, inviting mud. Beguiled by sunlight, the light-footed porker opens the gate and heads to the garden for a light lettuce snack, until a frustrated gardener wards him off. Unruffled, Christopher Hogwood follows his nose to the lawn, which he proceeds to roll up like a carpet with his snout. When the distraught lawn owner chases him with a broom, the mud-mad piggy trots toward a "deep, deep earth smell" and discovers an excavator at work. Leaving chaos in his wake, Christopher Hogwood seems content to ‘let" the nice policeman lure him home with a bucket of apples. Life is good. Based on experiences with his own pig, Mansfield spins this affectionate paean with tongue firmly in cheek, while Moser's stunning watercolors capture Christopher Hogwood at his most luminous: dreaming innocently in his pen; indifferently munching lettuce; snout-deep in freshly plowed dirt; mud-splattered and insouciant. Some pig indeed! (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596432697
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
  • Publication date: 4/29/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.09 (w) x 10.94 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Howard Mansfield is a New Hampshire journalist who has written several books relating to New England. This is his first picture book.

Barry Moser is a National Book Award-winning artist and the illustrator of more than 200 books for adults and children. His works have been on display in such auspicious places as the British Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the National Gallery of Art. He lives in Massachusetts.

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