Hooey Higgins and the Tremendous Trousers

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Hooey Higgins and friends are back for another hilarious madcap adventure — this time, their dubious inventive skills are put to the test.

Have you ever found yourself in a slightly risky situation and thought, What I really need is a pair of super-protective trousers to keep me safe from crocodiles, flying toffee apples, and log-flume malfunctions? Head for Shrimpton-on-Sea, where Hooey, Will, and Twig are working on an ingenious contraption sure to make the world a safer ...

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Overview

Hooey Higgins and friends are back for another hilarious madcap adventure — this time, their dubious inventive skills are put to the test.

Have you ever found yourself in a slightly risky situation and thought, What I really need is a pair of super-protective trousers to keep me safe from crocodiles, flying toffee apples, and log-flume malfunctions? Head for Shrimpton-on-Sea, where Hooey, Will, and Twig are working on an ingenious contraption sure to make the world a safer place: the all-new Tremendous Trousers, aka TremTrows! All you do is slip on a pair of yellow sweatpants, stuff them full of bubble wrap, add some soda bottles topped with balloons, and inflate them with gas from a bunch of mints dropped into the soda. What could possibly go wrong? It’s a brilliant invention guaranteed to win the class prize — tickets to the carnival! Shweet!

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Lots of laughs and hijinks make this fast-paced series great for readers with a sophisticated funny bone.
—Kirkus Reviews

Students who like their characters less than perfect will appreciate this British import. The illustrator has expertly displayed their silliness with his simple, childlike designs, reminiscent of a simplified Quentin Blake. ... [E]xcellent drawings and ... moments of laugh-out-loud situational humor.
—School Library Journal

Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Precariously positioned hammer, nail, saw, and staple gun are the reasons that Miss Troutson called for the students’ attention as they worked on their projects in class. Since health and safety are a top priority and the study unit, she assigns homework for the weekend. The assignment is to design something that will help make the world safer. To encourage participation and completion of the homework, the student who designs the best safety devise will win two tickets to the fair. Hooey and his friend, Twig, work on creating and designing a safety devise. Hooey enlists the help of his brainy brother, Will. They work on creating tremendous trousers to keep a person safe from insects, crocodiles and more. In addition, they test their safety product for level of protection. When Monday arrives, the students present their designs. Hooey gets Twig to demonstrate and test the TremTrows at the school assembly. There are surprises at the end of the story and lots of funny events along the way. More Hooey Higgins stories are also available. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung; Ages 7 to 10.
School Library Journal
05/01/2014
Gr 1–3—Hooey's Higgins's teacher, Miss Troutson, is a little tired of the uproar caused by her death-defying class: staple guns used as weapons, children's legs being used as a sawhorse, and a student nearly getting hammered in the face. She decides it is time to teach them the importance of safety and asks the class to complete a project over the weekend; each group must design "something that will make the world a safer place." To sweeten the pot, Miss Troutson offers a pair of tickets to the local fair to the winner. Hooey and his classmate Twig have a hard time coming up with ideas, so they enlist Hooey's older brother to help out. Together they come up with the Tremendous Trousers, the world's safest pants. They build capital for their endeavor by tricking the school bully into sitting on an ant hill, resulting in a mad, pantless rush across the schoolyard. After that, it's up to them to build the safest, most tremendous trousers ever seen. Students who like their characters less than perfect will appreciate this British import. The illustrator has expertly displayed their silliness with his simple, childlike designs, reminiscent of a simplified Quentin Blake. Despite the excellent drawings and rare moments of laugh-out-loud situational humor, the plot feels uninspired and drags in places. Purchase where the first title in the series is popular.—Devin Burritt, Wells Public Library, ME
Kirkus Reviews
2014-02-05
Best buddies Hooey and Twig are back, this time competing in a contest to invent something that will make the world a safer place. Hooey wouldn't usually find such a challenge particularly interesting, but health-and-safety teacher Miss Troutson is sweetening the pot. The winning design will garner tickets to the local fair. Setting his tale in the fictional English village of Shrimpton, Voake brings to life the silly machinations of Hooey, who always has some sort of half-baked plan, and his gullible pal, Twig. Here, Hooey's plan involves entering inflatable Tremendous Trousers stuffed with bubble wrap and powered by diet soda and mints into the safety contest. Hooey's older (and mathematically inclined) brother, Will, has ideas, too, and his scheme to make money off bully Basbo threatens Twig's life. In the end, Twig dresses as a woman in a pair of his grandmother's yellow stretch trousers and spews diet soda and mints all over the safety assembly. Seems those TremTrows were not so safe after all. Crazy situations follow Twig and Hooey, and each episode is described in hilarious detail with lively language ("eyes bulged like soft-boiled eggs" or "lit up like two cracked headlights"). Humorous black-and-white illustrations are the ideal foil for this over-the-top buddy tale. Lots of laughs and hijinks make this fast-paced series great for readers with a sophisticated funny bone. (Chapter book. 7-11)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763669232
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 4/22/2014
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Voake is the author of five books about Daisy Dawson, as well as Hooey Higgins and the Shark. He grew up in the countryside and used to be a naughty, slightly scruffy boy just like Hooey. Steve Voake lives in England.

Emma Dodson has worked creating props and artwork for film and TV. She is the illustrator of Hooey Higgins and the Shark and Speckle the Spider. She lives in England.

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