Hogwash by Arthur Geisert was another fortuitous find at our local library; this wordless picture book is perfect for any child (like James) who loves machines. Publishers Weekly: “In a series of straight-faced, deftly composed spreads, Geisert shows the village piglets playing in giant mud baths and overturning huge vats of paint. The piglets—nearly a hundred of them—must be scrubbed down, and the community maintains a gigantic machine for just this purpose, an automated assembly that wets, washes and dries them: in short, a hogwash. The etchings have no accompanying text; the pictures contain all the necessary information. Readers will be able to follow the water flowing through a sluice into the immense boiler, half-teapot, half-eggplant, and then into the wooden bathing vat that swishes from side to side (box of powdered detergent controlled by pulley and string from a control tower up top), and watch the pigs ride through the drying apparatus, and onto the wind-turbine-driven clothesline—er, pigline. Every pipe leads somewhere, and all the technology looks workable. The pigs appear delighted with the whole process. Readers will be, too.” Giggle factor: moderate. Adult enjoyment: depends on how machine-oriented you are. Illustrations: three jelly jars.


~ by kaychubbuck on March 6, 2011.

One Response to “Hogwash”

  1. Thanks for reviewing this one – we’ll have to check it out. Benji is fascinated with machines, as evidenced by how mesmerized he was with James’ marble run.

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