The Happy Hocky Family Moves to the Country! by Lane Smith

Title: The Happy Hocky Family Moves to the Country!
Author: Lane Smith
Series: The Happy Hocky Family
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Release Date: 5/1/2003
Length: 64 pages
Format: Hardcover
Genres: Childrens, Picture Books
Challenges: 2012 Support Your Local Library Challenge
Source: Library
Purchase: Hardcover
Rating: ★★★★☆

There is a new book about the Happy Hocky Family. They have moved. Now they live in the country in a nice old house. Now when it rains outside, it rains inside their house, too. No more alarm clocks! The neighbor’s rooster goes “COCK-A-DOODLE-DOO” at 5:30. Look! Henry has made a bird feeder. The squirrels think it is a fine feeder. See Holly make a pretty bouquet of plants with three leaves. See Holly itch. Read the book! Have fun.

I was at a small disadvantage when I read this because I did not read the first one. I think it would have helped just a little bit. I got an okay grasp on what it’s about though. It’s a clever play on the Dick and Jane books that used to get published way back before I was even thought of. I didn’t realize that until I was to the end of the book though, so I went back and read it over again with that in mind. It definitely made the book more amusing.

I think what I like about this book is that it has enough of the ridiculous to amuse a child and enough clever references to the Dick and Jane type of books to amuse an adult. The Hockey family is a little more quirky though. But that makes the book even better.

I think the only thing I didn’t like about it was the way it portrays the country. I live in a really small town and it’s nothing like that. Of course, it’s not really a farm town. That could have something to do with it. I think the author’s experience with small town living IS in a farm town. I’m saying “I think” for a reason.

If you want a book that is a quirky sort of funny, try this one. It should be enjoyable for both you and your kids. I need to go back and read the original one.

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