Step aside, Dick and Jane, or the very hilarious Happy Hocky Family might just run you over. Deftly parodying the repetitious, simplistic sentence structure of. by Lane Smith includes books The Happy Hocky Family and The Happy Hocky Family Moves to the Country (Happy Hocky Family). See the complete The. The Hocky family has a lot of fun as they tell you about their ant farm, Cousin Stinky, and their trip to the zoo.

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The illustrations are lushly retro, and the story is quite clever. He has used this earlier genre as a basis for an affectionate spoof, and he has also provides in a beginner’s book with lots of accessible words a fresh and sympathetic way for children to deal with such subjects as disappointment, accidents, mistakes and deceptions– and even happiness,” — New York Times book jacket Jun 18, Ryan rated it did not like it.

Sep 12, Tess rated it it was amazing. This book changed the way I speak English. Refresh and try again.

Happy Hocky Family

One of the truest portrayals of family life I have ever seen. Meet the Hocky Family! Return to Book Page. Jun 26, Rainey rated it really faimly it Shelves: Want to Read saving….

Recently found my copy and laughed as hard as the first time when I read and enjoyed the use of deceptively simple illustration crossed with deadpan dialogue. Be the first to ask a question about The Happy Hwppy Family. It is my favorite kids book ever.

The Happy Hocky Family

But for reading to the baby, it was great, like watching Shrek. The Happy Hocky Family! Cute, but not worth it. The text is funny but the illustrations are the best part of these even-adults-will-laugh picture books. Although it’s not as bappy as the original Happy Hocky family book, I do love the art in here.


Jun 03, Annie rated it it was amazing. I don’t know whether children would get it; let’s just say that I read it with a couple of parent volunteers in the school library and we were in stitches!

To ask other readers questions about The Happy Hocky Familyplease sign up. I found this hcoky oddly amusing, but I don’t think I could ever read it to a child. Open Preview See a Problem? That could have something to do with it.

He spent summers in Tulsa, however, and cites experiences there as inspirations for his work, saying that “[o]nce you’ve seen a foot cement buffalo on top of a donut-stand sic in the middle of nowhere, you’re never the same.

Lane Smith is hilarious. The stick-figure-ish people with the bizarre text is a perfect combination – they have a complementary quirkiness. I’d wanted to buy it as soon as I saw it, but they said they couldn’t sell it to me.

Smith has done here is quite deft and winning. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

They might find parts of it funny, but some parts are just too morbid or sophisticated to entertain them. In this volume, the reader journeys through several mini-adventures during the Hocky family’s first year living in the country. Published September 1st by Puffin first published September 1st I, too, have given at least a dozen copies of this book to friends IN FACT, the reason I stumbled upon this page today is that I came online to look for some more copies to buy!


Ohcky a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Dec 27, Matt rated it it was amazing Shelves: I know it’s supposed to look rudimentary, but I find them flat out ugly.

The Happy Hocky Family! – Wikipedia

It is a parody of beginning readers of the past. The main characters consist of hock mother, two children one of which is a toddler and a dog. Mar 29, Zoe rated it it was amazing Shelves: SEE it” etc etc with ants crawling everywhere. While not as funny as the original, it is still entertaining. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Feb 10, Laura rated it liked it. It’s a little “Dick and Jane” with a liberal dose of the real world.

But young children will not understand the humour, so I wouldn’t say it is appropriate to read aloud to a child, unless you’re willing to stop and explain each joke.

Cue tears and furious demands to write the author a letter and make him change the story. It was so worth it, since after an auditorium full of children and I listened to a familly story, Mr. Text-wise, this could go for an early reader. The Happy Hocky Family 2 books.

Making up for that oversight right now.

I guess we think alike.