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Hogwood Steps Out: A Good, Good Pig Story Hardcover – April 29, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press; First Edition edition (April 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596432691
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596432697
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 10.8 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,504,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2—Mansfield has written a short, loving reminiscence of Christopher Hogwood, a well-loved pig adopted and raised by him and his wife, naturalist writer Sy Montgomery. The Good, Good Pig (Ballantine, 2006) details their life with Christopher from a tiny runt carried home in a shoebox to the huge (700-plus pounds) hog whose loving personality deeply touched their lives and the lives of their hens, their neighbors, friends, and even strangers. In this story, the huge hog lets himself out of his comfortable pen and goes on a spring jaunt, enjoying some lettuce in a neighbor's garden; rooting a winding trench through a lovely green lawn with his flat nose; then scaring away the backhoe operator with his congratulatory bellowing. Finally, bribed with an apple, he allows the town policeman to lead him home. Moser's realistic double-page watercolors introduce youngsters to an endearing, bright-eyed pig whose obvious enjoyment of the small pleasures of life in his rural village is contagious and childlike in its naïveté and sincerity-possibly the reason that Moser has placed himself in the role of policeman. Mansfield's story provides insight into realistic porcine character and behavior in a most enjoyable format.—Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
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Christopher Hogwood, the 600-pound, black-and-white pig featured in Sy Montgomery’s memoir for adults, The Good Good Pig (2006), makes his picture-book debut as a personable narrator. The text is short and appealing. After spending the winter in a cozy barn snuggling with the other barnyard animals, Hogwood is itching to get out and wallow in some good mud. Unfastening the gate is no challenge for him, so off he goes to a garden with fresh lettuce, only to be run off by the angry gardener. Next he tears up a lawn and gets chased off. Finally, he’s apprehended by a policeman. Back, cozily asleep in the barn, Hogwood dreams of the next crops that he’ll raid, expressing the sentiment, “God bless gardeners.” Completing the appealing package are bold, full-page, realistic watercolors featuring handsome Hogwood, usually front and center, in a lush setting. Children will cheer for the unruly, unrepentant Hogwood. Grades K-2. --Randall Enos

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With rich illustrations and simple pig prose, this is lovely book.
S. L. Bickford
The story is filled with something that we lack in childrens books these days--a sincerity that surrounds wholeness and everything that is pure and good.
JOE
Christopher Hogwood is such a good natured pig, always thinking the best of his neighbors and their desire to plant gardens and lawns for his pleasure.
Lita Judge

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Vicki Stiefel on May 4, 2008
Format: Hardcover
What a marvelous, delightful and wry book. Okay, I admit I'm an adult, but I'm definitely a child at heart, and, boy, did I love this book. Christopher's substantial presence roams through each page of this pig-centric piece. Told from Christopher Hogwood's mighty perspective, the book is simple and clear, yet enormously funny. After all, Christopher was a very special pig. FYI - Christopher Hogwood was a real pig who lived many of this fictional Hogwood's adventures. The illustrations are superb and bring Christopher to majestic life. I can't recommend this book enough for kids and adults alike.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. L. Bickford on November 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Have you ever felt the pull of warm sun and a mild day just as spring is begining to dress the earth in damp greenness after a long winter? Hogwood certainly does. As he meanders about his neighborhood investigating gardens and lawns to the consternation of the owners, Hogwood lets us in on the only perspective he has...a pig perspective. 600 lbs of porcine centricness delighting in the bounty of his world. In this joyful homage to a pig he knew personally, Mansfield's words convey Hogwood's lack of concern about how the humans think the world should proceed while he still appreciates their skill in making his world a better place for him. Anyone who has been cooped up in the house for a long time will recognize Hogwood's pleasure in his first outing of the season. With rich illustrations and simple pig prose, this is lovely book. I, for one, hope Hogwood has more adventures beyond his barn.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spudman TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Having read Sy Montgomery's Good Good Pig, I thought Hogwood Steps Out would be a good follow up and satisfy my appetite for more things Hogwood. The artwork by Barry Moser is absolutely fabulous, especially the expressions on Hogwood's face. I especially like the portrayals of the smiling, blissful Hogwood, but my favorite is that of the tolerant, unconcerned Hogwood watching the crazy human coming after his 600 pound self with a broom.

The story is told in the first person, a device that probably works well for a read aloud story. Kids should also get a kick out of Hogwood eating the gardener's lettuce and digging up the woman's lawn. Seeing the backhoe operator run for the hills is also a funny moment. Although seeing Hogwood snuggle with cats and hens is endearing, I would have liked to have seen at least one page showing him enjoying getting his belly rubbed by his loving "feeder."

I like that the writer uses a reasonable vocabulary bank for his young readers. Too many writers for children lose track of verbal limitations of their audience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JOE on November 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Hogwood Steps Out is a beautiful book that shows children and adults, alike, that all creatures should be respected and loved. That we must celebrate all lives, such as Christopher Hogwood's! My three nephews (5-9 years old) enjoyed the book immensely as did their grandparents. The story is filled with something that we lack in childrens books these days--a sincerity that surrounds wholeness and everything that is pure and good. On behalf of my nephews and family, this book is highly recommended for children of all ages.
Joel Glick
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lynn on August 4, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I loved "The Good Good Pig" by the same author, but this book for kids doesn't reflect the warmth and love of the book for adults - the picture of the man chasing the pig with a shovel is so violent- he looks really mean and my 2 year old granddaughter is scared by the picture. Same with the woman chasing the pig with a broom - it's violent. And the sequence of pictures doesn't make any sense - all of a sudden after the scary pictures, there's a picture of Hogwood as a baby. Apparently everyone loved this pig. I don't see any of the love people had for the animal in this kids book. It's very disappointing.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sy Montgomery on November 20, 2008
Format: Hardcover
If Christopher Hogwood could speak, this would be his voice. And seeing Barry Moser's wonderful illustrations is like having him come back to life. Believe me, for I am
Sy Montgomery
author of The Good Good Pig
and Christopher Hogwood's devoted valet, cook, masseusse and social secretary
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Is the original book that this children's book was written. This is a great book for kids...but the adults must read "The Good, Good Pig" and get all the laughs. The author is fantastic!
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