Hogg, Hogg, & Hog

K-Gr 3—Three barnyard geniuses, Hogg, Hogg, and Hog, have taken the big city by storm with their amazing idea—"OINK!" The concept has brought these porkers clad in bow ties and suspenders straight to the top with a busy high-rise office and public adoration. But one day, the city people get tired of oinking, and Hogg, Hogg, and Hog have to think of the next big thing-quick. It looks as if their business is doomed until Hog remembers "the simple times...back on the farm. With Sheep. Duck. Frog." "What's the new oink, you ask? BAA! QUACK! RIBBIT!" This BIG IDEA puts the associates back on top, but success prompts an uncomfortable visit from three old friends. Palatini's smart storytelling bustles with all the ringing phones and over-the-top bluster of "big business" speech. Attentive text design places the emphasis in all the right places, making this a fun read-aloud. While the corporate concept might have resulted in a storytime snooze, Palatini has created a hilariously relatable tale by including all the old barnyard favorites. The absurdity of "OINK" is sure to bring on an attack of the giggles from children who love nonsensical humor. Quirky illustrations rendered digitally and mainly in pinks, lavenders, and grays suit this unusual story. Stock in Hogg, Hogg, and Hog is a safe investment for any collection.—Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, MI
When the craze they invented--oinking--becomes passé, three porcine bigwigs have to brainstorm a new idea to stay in the limelight. The story's poke at fads and fame is amusing for adults but will likely fly over the heads of children. Boldly outlined digital illustrations in muted shades of aqua, purple, and pink show the hogs decked out in old-school corporate attire.

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