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Hogwash!
     

Hogwash!

by Karma Wilson, Jim McMullan (Illustrator)
 
He washed the horses, ducks and cows
The goats, the cats and dogs.
Everything went dandy...
Until the farmer reached his hogs.

"No hogwash for us today. Pigs love dirt - so go away!"

Farmer's stubborn pigs refuse to be hogwashed, and no matter what he tries, poor Farmer cannot trick them into getting clean! But when several failed attempts leave

Overview

He washed the horses, ducks and cows
The goats, the cats and dogs.
Everything went dandy...
Until the farmer reached his hogs.

"No hogwash for us today. Pigs love dirt - so go away!"

Farmer's stubborn pigs refuse to be hogwashed, and no matter what he tries, poor Farmer cannot trick them into getting clean! But when several failed attempts leave him stuck in the mud, our determined farmer realizes his hogs may have been on to something all along... sometimes a mud bath is even better!

New York Times best-selling author Karma Wilson's clever rhyming verse will engage parents and kids alike as Jim McMullan's illustrations bring to life these delightfully mischievous pigs with a penchant for all things muddy!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"One warm day in early May,/ Farmer had a plan/ To spring-clean all his animals/ Till each was spic 'n' span." Thus is the stage set for a contentious barnyard rebellion that's more Click, Clack, Moo than Animal Farm. Wilson's (Bear Snores On) verse never misses a beat as Farmer tries to get his pigs to bathe, and the hogs make their opinions known in mud-spattered signage: "No hogwash for us today./ Pigs love dirt—so go away!" McMullan's (I'm Big!) pigs revel in muddy bliss as Farmer tries one ploy after another, finally filling his crop duster with water and shampoo and planning an aerial assault. When Farmer's plane makes an unexpected landing in the pigpen, he learns about the joys of wallowing. Kids will be plenty entertained by the lanky, bespectacled Farmer's many disguises (and escalating frustration), but the crafty, confident, and expressive pigs hog the spotlight in every scene. It's a highly satisfying story of "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em"; these two children's book veterans make it look easy. Ages 4–8. (June)
School Library Journal
PreS-K—Farmer wants to bathe all the animals, but the pigs just won't behave-all they want to do is wallow in the mud. And they tell him so, through a series of increasingly defiant rhyming signs. Farmer pulls every trick he can think of, enticing them with food, posing as a pizza deliveryman, even filling his crop-dust plane with shampoo and water and flying over them. When he crash-lands in the sty, though, Farmer finally learns the joy of a good mud bath. The mayhem is reminiscent of Doreen Cronin's Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type (S & S, 2000). While Wilson's rhyming tale is not as wildly original as that story, it's pleasantly bouncy, and McMullan's vibrantly expressive watercolor illustrations add to the fun.—Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD
Kirkus Reviews

Farmer takes spring cleaning to the extreme in this barnyard romp.

In rollicking rhyming verse, Wilson describes how Farmer washes each horse, duck, cow, goat, cat and dog. All goes well. And then it is the hogs' turn. Those sassy porkers board up their pen and write rude messages expressing their displeasure with having to get clean: "No hogwash / for us today. / Pigs love dirt— / so go away!" The clever farmer tries to trick those pigs, but to no avail—a shower by hose instead of a bath just makes more mud for them to wallow in. Bribing them with food fails. His last attempt involves his crop duster and some shampoo, but unfortunately, he forgets the gas. When he crashes into the muddy pigsty, readers may think he'll explode with anger, but they are in for a surprise. With their soft lines and muted colors, McMullan's watercolors lend the book an old-fashioned feel that is echoed in the rather elongated faces of the horses and the overall-clad, fresh-faced farmer. The characters' comical expressions and the pigs' feisty messages to the farmer will leave readers in stitches.

Certain partners to Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin's Duck, these hogs (and their mud-loving message) are sure to delight. (Picture book. 3-7)

Pamela Paul
Unkempt preschoolers will welcome this ode to the joys of slop.
—The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316988407
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
06/07/2011
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
299,019
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Karma Wilson is the author of the New York Times best-sellers Bear Snores On and Bear Wants More, both illustrated by Jane Chapman. She lives just outside of Bonners Ferry, Idaho.

Jim McMullan is an award-winning illustrator whose work has appeared in a variety of books for adults and young readers. He has been internationally recognized for his seventy posters for Lincoln Center Theater. McMullan received the New York Times Best Illustrated Book award in 2002 for the picture book I Stink!, and he has also won the Society of Illustrator's prestigious Hamilton King Award.

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