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A Huge Hog Is a Big Pig: A Rhyming Word Game Hardcover – January 22, 2002


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; 1st edition (January 22, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060297654
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060297657
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 10.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 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

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Ages 5-8. With its short text and colorful photos featuring a multicultural crew of children having good times with animals, this looks like a book preschoolers will enjoy. However, it might take an older child to do the two-step reasoning that makes the book into a satisfying guessing game. A typical right-hand page shows a little girl holding up a large cat while the text reads "A chubby kitty is a . . ." What's another name for the noun and an adjective that rhymes with it? "FAT CAT." A natural for reading aloud, this bright, well-designed picture book will provide some shout-it-out fun for children who enjoy wordplay. Advanced players may want to make up their own rhymes. Remember this book the next time a teacher asks for a source of hink-pinks or hinky-pinkies, alternate names for one-syllable and two-syllable versions of this word game, which the authors refer to in the dedication as Stinky Pinky. Carolyn Phelan
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 23, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is sure to be a 'rave fave' with hip tykes of all stripes.
If you're looking for an interactive, playful book for kids, THIS IS IT! Kids & adults will have great fun reading it together. My kids were truly engaged by trying to guess the answers to the clues and couldn't wait to get to the next page. (Even grown-ups will get into the game!)
Plus, 'A Huge Hog' features a diverse cast of cute kids & animals in bold, eye-catching photographs. The bright layout is the perfect compliment to the witty word game.
I can guarantee that you'll want to keep on playing even when you're done reading!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Mazza HALL OF FAME on August 16, 2002
Format: Hardcover
"A Huge Hog Is a Big Pig," by Francis McCall and Patricia Keeler, is an enjoyable book. Each 2-page spread contains a riddle for which you have to guess a two-word rhyming response; when you turn the page, you have the answer. Examples: "A huge hog is a. . . BIG PIG." "A silly rabbit is a . . . FUNNY BUNNY." The book, which is set on a farm, is illustrated throughout with entertaining pictures of children and farm animals. Overall, a book with a lot of likeable energy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Stout on January 14, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book, I think, would be better for a storytime or a class because my daughter didn't get a lot of the riddles. (I know that sounds pathetic, but it's true.) If you have a group of kids, it will increase your chances that at least one of the kids will "get it," and then he/she can explain the joke to the other kids.
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Format: Hardcover
I have to say the other reviewer was right. Some kids, even though they are five, don't get the humor. But ya know, they will soon. Humor like many other things doesn't come to children all at the same time.

That said, I thought this book was funny and cute and --Oh, how I hope my daughter 'gets it' soon so she will stop with the terrible knock-knock jokes.

Four stars. Great pictures. I laughed; kids will get it eventually. But Minus 1 Star because there really needed to be more jokes for this price.
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By Maria Avitia on December 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The toddlers at our early head start centers enjoy it and have it read to them often. They enjoy playing games and being challenged.
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