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!
Written in verse, Hogwash! by Karma Wilson features clever rhymes and an enjoyable tale of a beleaguered farmer. Slightly reminiscent of Click, Clack, Moo, stubborn animals leave messages for the farmer. Fortunately, enough variation exists to end this similarity relatively quickly.
Bright water colors create visual points of interest among the layers of browns that dominate the book. The resulting look appropriately emphasizes dirt, dirt, dirt.
Good, filthy fun for kids who hate bathing, love animals or appreciate a good rhyme.
When I read this to a group of preschoolers, they loved it when they were prompted to make oinks and pig snorts when the pigs were in full on rebellion. There were giggles of delight when the plane crashed into the pig pen, and everyone liked the ending where the Farmer ends up enjoying the mud with the pigs.
While I think that overall this is a really nice book, some of the rhymes didn’t totally work and were a little clunky to read along. If you’re going to perform this book, I would suggest reading through the book aloud by yourself a few times before you read it to a group. The illustrations are bright and colorful, and the facial expressions on the pigs and Farmer are awesome. The plot is very cute, and I love how the crop duster was incorporated. I had one little boy who was quite ecstatic about said crop duster and wanted to talk about planes for a long time after the story was done. It's a great book for a unit on farms or farm animals!