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Hog in the Fog: A Harry & Lil Story Paperback – 6 Mar 2014
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A perfect combination of clever rhymes and beautiful illustrations (Sunday Express)
Whimsical and enticing (Metro)
Julia Copus is an accomplished poet, and in Hog in the Fog, illustrated by Eunyoung Seo, she shows what she can do, in lively rhyme, for a young audience (Observer)
Take a smidgeon of "The Gruffalo", add a tiny pinch of "Foggy Foggy Forest" and some truly charming artwork, and you're half way towards imagining how great "Hog in the Fog" is. (Read it Daddy!)
The launch title in Faber's new picture book list, this is an exquisite rhyming tale about a hapless hog who gets lost in the fog. Beautiful illustrations (Angels and Urchins)
Julia Copus's lively rhyming and repetitive text makes the story come vividly to life. (Julia Eccleshare LoveReading4Kids)
The book has a Julia-Donaldson-style rhyming text that works brilliantly for young children, and Eunyoung Seo's illustrations bring it beautifully to life. ...
The front cover calls the book 'A Harry & Lil Story' so I'm assuming that this is the first in a series about the two friends. I can't wait for the next one!
It's a lovely book. Don't miss it!
I really was pleasantly surprised by the quality of this well thought out story and look forward to reading it some more. I can easily see this becoming another children's bookshelf staple. (Celestial Mum)
I think little ones will love this. If it's not the illustrations enthralled your little ones, the rhyming will! (The Pewter Wolf)
This is such a sweet story, that combined with the illustrations result in a spectacular book set in a foggy forest. (Michelle Moloney King)
Hog in the Fog: A Harry & Lil Story by Julia Copus - told in fizzingly original rhymes from a rising star in the poetry world - is the first brand-new picture book on the Faber Children's list.See all Product description
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First, Seren’s opinion
‘I like the clock telling the time when Lil has to wait for Hog.’ (So do I, a clever way of introducing telling the time to a child)
‘Lil has a lovely face.’ (In fact all the animals have ‘lovely faces’)
‘I like the horns on the deer.’ (the antlers on the deer are decorated with flowers and butterflies, the sheep has a blue bow around her neck, the crow a red hat, Lil a striped bonnet – charming little details)
‘They all see bits of Hog, don’t they?’ (They do; on each of their pages, the sheep sees the back of Hog, the deer sees his ears, the crow sees his tale. – the repetition of the three animals/ the three images they each see, is very clever)
‘I like the sounds they make.’ ( ” Pittery Pattery, tippety tappety , munch crunch, tac tac tac, qwaa-aak…” (What’s not to like? Funny, sounds to read aloud again and again)
‘I like they found him, I was getting a bit worried.’ (Ah, a happy ending… just right)
‘And I like the funny food they have for tea.’ (Yep, she would!!… “…chocolate- chip beetles, slug- flavoured chip, dragonflies tongues, frothy muck- shake and cuttlefish cake.” Say no more!)
Picture story books are very close to poetry in many ways. One of the most important things is that they both are intended to be read aloud. So fluency is essential. If the format is meant to be regular in rhythm, then each line must have the same amount of syllables. Rhyming is necessary, whether slant/ near rhymes, sight rhymes or exact rhymes. Hog in the Fog has all these qualities.
Turning the pages to see what happens next seems to be important for children in picture story books. So, often there are connecting or repeating words or phrases “And/But /So.” Or sometimes those three little dots – the ellipses. Hog in the Fog does this kind of connection of each page in spades.
And last but certainly not least… the illustrations. These are amongst the best I’ve seen in a picture book. (and I’ve been reading picture story books for a loooooong time) I’d go so far as the say they are exquisite drawings.
But obviously the last word goes to Seren. Before she left I had a warning. ‘Please don’t use big posh words, Nanna, just say I liked it… for a young little girl or boy.’ Okay. She liked it… and so did I.
I thoroughly recommend Hog in the Fog.
It can get so boring to reread the same story over and over at the little ones' request, but actually I really enjoy this one too!
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My four year old and I absolutely love this rhyming tale of friendship and identity.
Well written, lovely illustrations. Lots of rhyming words, which is always good for young readers!
A great book with lovely characters.