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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (October 26, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395937469
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395937464
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,050,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Asked to explain why she didn't go to school that day, a modern piglet spins a dramatic tale of how she met and outwitted a big, bad wolf; PW's starred review called the outing "a riotous caper." Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3?Meddaugh presents a hilarious story within a story as a piglet tells her family how she was caught by a wolf and nearly made into soup. Seeing that her captor is illiterate (he thinks E-Z Car Care is his granny's cookbook and "reads" upside down), she reads him a recipe that sends him on a wild wolf chase to a booby-trapped vegetable garden, to Torrential Waterfalls for fresh water, and to the forest for "Green Threeleaf" (poison ivy). Just as he prepares to light the fire, she chants a verse warning him that her "Hog-Eye" magic will make him itch everywhere, which of course he begins to do. She promises to release the spell if he lets her go, and thus makes her escape. Outside the main watercolor illustrations of the piglet's adventure, her family members comment on the action in dialogue balloons. Because of the dual story line; the marginal comments; and the numerous small, humorous details; this title will work better for small group or individual reading. Meddaugh's pigs, as well as her choice of villain, bear close resemblance to Mary Rayner's "Garth Pig" tales (Atheneum). Like Rayner's books, Hog-Eye will be heartily welcomed by children.?Susan Hepler, Alexandria City Public Schools, VA
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Susan Meddaugh was born and raised in Montclair, New Jersey. She graduated from Wheaton College, where she studied French literature and fine arts. After working briefly with an advertising agency in New York, she moved to Boston and worked at a publishing company for ten years, first as a designer, then art editor, and finally as art director. While there, she did the illustrations for GOOD STONES (Houghton Mifflin) by Anne Epstein, and then decided to strike out on her own as a freelance illustrator and creator of children's books. Since that time, Susan has written and illustrated many popular books for children. She lives in Sherborn, Massachusetts.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 7, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Hog-eye is one of those books that elementary librarians like myself search for. It is a wonderful excellent read aloud that the children enjoy especially the "underwear" part. It is also a wonderful book about the importance of reading without hitting the children over the head. Also I could really get into reading aloud this book. It was such a fun experience for students and I. Thank you Susan Meddaugh.
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Okay, I'll admit it. I requested and received my own copy of Hog-Eye for Christmas a few years back, at the age of 45. I'd read it many, many times with my children (having borrowed it from our library) and loved it so much that I wanted to "honor" the wonderful Ms. Meddaugh by purchasing a copy. AND I wanted to be able to pick it up and read it for a chuckle whenever the mood strikes. It's a wonderful, clever, funny, beautifully-written story. I'm writing this review after receiving a phone-text from my now 16-year-old daughter, who is with friends talking about funny books, and wanted to be sure of the title. Buy and enjoy Hog-Eye!
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If you're looking for a children's book that reflects the attitude of today's kids, read Hog Eye. With an unique dual storyline, the main character is telling about her adventure and dubiously clever escape, and her large family is reacting and commenting. You enjoy a delightful blend of interactions.

And when you get the the punchline of the story, your kids will remember it FOREVER.

A real keeper. A regular read for our three kids
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By A Customer on February 26, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Hog-Eye is one of my children's (6 and 8) all-time favorite books. (It's one of my favorites as well!) The little pig's creative explanation of how she missed the bus is humorous, but her family's sideline responses to the story are what make this book really wonderful. Hog-Eye demonstrates just how important a little ingenuity and the ability to read can be.
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I love reading this book to kids. It has 2 stories going at the same time, so it keeps kids' interest. The pictures are cute too.
It teaches the importance of learning to READ !
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By A Customer on May 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
My six year old daughter and I have read this book over thirty times, and we're still laughing! A little pig, trying to explain why she missed school, invents a tall tale about a hungry wolf, a soup recipe, and her own ingenious efforts to escape the wolf's clutches. Don't miss this book!
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