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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Return to Book Page. Aug 22, Christiane rated it really liked it Shelves: My only caveat to giftees is that they allow me to read the book to them upon presentation— tis my favorite book of all time to read aloud. The main characters consist of a mother, two children one of which is a toddler and a dog. Seems to me parody is most successful when the audience knows the object being parodied.

The Happy Hocky Family Moves to the Country

For all those who’ve been plagued by roosters, barnyard waftings, squirrels and endless piles of snow, this will raise chuckles or flashbacks. In fact, when a local bookstore was going out of business, I bought a promotional poster of the book because I loved the art so much.

Smith was hockyy in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but moved to Corona, California at a fmily age. I marked this as one hockt the children’s books that would appeal to adults because of the humor. It is my favorite kids book ever. Aug 08, David rated it liked it Shelves: Mar 23, Jennifer rated it liked it Shelves: 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!


This book is not yet featured on Listopia. The poems focus happh the city-living Hocky family moving to the country. Mar 09, Ellice rated it really liked it Shelves: Holly had to buy a new boat. Once they needed the cash, it was a different story.

Lane Smith’s books are up there with Mo Willems for me. I kind of find this book insulting. I love this book so much, I can’t believe I haven’t reviewed it until now. Feb 10, Laura rated it liked it. Dec 19, Jackie rated it liked it Shelves: The illustrations are advanced looking stick figures that add to the humor.

In this book you will read stories about them and tubas, airplanes, balloons, skateboards, birthdays, boats, chores, dishes, naps, ants, toys, and cousin Stinky.

Aug 13, Tara rated it it was amazing Shelves: I want to find the first one to see if it has the same type of humor. Smith even drew a happy little drawing just for me.

The Happy Hocky Family

Published September 1st by Puffin first published September 1st I bought several copies of this book and gave them out to my adult friends as gifts. It’s one of those books that teachers can read aloud and undoubtedly kids will be picking the book back hokcy to dig deeper into the subtler aspects of the story and illustrations. Yeah, this reads like it was written by a city person who cannot appreciate the country.

This is a tongue-in-cheek spin on the old fashioned “Dick and Jane” happj stories. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

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THE HAPPY HOCKY FAMILY by Lane Smith , Lane Smith | Kirkus Reviews

View all 3 comments. One of the truest portrayals of family life I have ever seen. I was very excited to find this title on the shelf at the local Library. The coolest book ever. Other books in the series. He often illustrates books written by other authors probably most notably The True Story of the Three Little Pigs with Jon Scieszka but this book is one of several that he also wrote.


Books by Lane Smith. No trivia or quizzes yet. This story isn’t necessarily a story, but more like a series of different vignettes fakily each page. The tone of it influenced greatly my own Hocky books. This can show hockky although they live in the same hicky that lifestyles vary and to be open to the differences that they have and to also recognize that they are still similar in many ways as well.

Not quite up to par with the original.

Funny, but not as funny as I was led to believe. 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.

Cute, but not worth it. I have owned this book sincewhen I was unmarried and not even thinking about having kids or becoming a children’s librarian. Feb 22, Tiffany rated it really liked it Shelves: Later at home, with the boys asleep, I had the chance to look over my purchases more leisurely and reread it.

Mar 17, Jeremiah rated it it was amazing Shelves: