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Huge Hog Is a Big Pig: A Rhyming Word Game


Ever play a wacky word game sometimes called Stinky Pinky or Silly Willy? First you get a two-word clue. Then you think of two words that mean the same thing-and rhyme.

For instance:

A chubby kitty is a ...


Open the book. Figure out the answers. And then make up your own clues and answers. It's ...

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Ever play a wacky word game sometimes called Stinky Pinky or Silly Willy? First you get a two-word clue. Then you think of two words that mean the same thing-and rhyme.

For instance:

A chubby kitty is a ...


Open the book. Figure out the answers. And then make up your own clues and answers. It's fun!

A variety of mostly farm animals are introduced with such phrases as a granny nanny, a soggy doggy, and a loose goose.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Youngsters are encouraged to play with words in this picture book. A full-color photo and a brief phrase on the right side of the page introduce children to animals with specific characteristics. When the page is turned, the two-word rhyming punch line is revealed. For instance, "A swamp croaker is a-/BOG FROG" and "A wet hound is a-/SOGGY DOGGY." The large-print, white text set against colorful backgrounds is easy to read and attractive. Children of different races and ethnicities are represented in the photographs; the animals are shown in barnyards, backyards, homes, and parks. While young listeners may not be able to guess all of the paired words, they will get the clearly delivered concept and will be prompted to create rhymes of their own. Ideal for sharing aloud, this book will appeal to those who appreciate Tana Hoban's and Margaret Miller's work.- Shawn Brommer, South Central Library System, Madison, WI Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Kids, animals, and plucky word play combine in this engaging offering from first-time authors, and husband-and-wife team, McCall and Keeler. As the jacket explains, the text is based on a rhyming word game called "Stinky Pinky" or "Silly Willy." To play, participants figure out the rhyming word pair that goes with the two-word clue. For example, bordered in bright orange, the opening photograph shows a boy patting the titular farm animal. Above, bold white text gives the clue: "A huge hog is a . . . " Youngsters turn the page to reveal the words "BIG PIG" above a full-page photo of three children coaxing the creature into its pen. Subsequent photos show that "Cattle food is . . . / Cow Chow" and "A cozy beetle is a . . . / SNUG BUG." Throughout, colorful frames define question-and-answer pairs; some will stump, many will surprise, all will bring smiles. A terrific read-aloud, the interactive format encourages students to call out responses and, eventually, challenge one another with clues they invent on their own. (Picture book. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060297657
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 696,847
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Francis McCall and Patricia Keeler are married and live in Hoboken, New Jersey, with their clever cat, Huzel — a witty kitty. This is their first book with Greenwillow.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2002

    Great Book Is a...

    I love this book. The kids chasing the pig crack me up. The book is a wonderful visual and poetic journey. It's so truly American--from the children of different ethnic backgrounds to many of the words, "pooch smooch," really! The book is a joy to page through, and it's a joy to play the rhyming word game. The photographs are exciting. The children are clearly having fun, playing with each other and interacting with the animals. And that cat! "A chubby kitty is a ... FAT CAT" Where did they get that cat? It's huge! Five stars for this book. It's a doggone good read. The words make me laugh. The pictures make me smile.

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