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The Happy Hocky Family

The Happy Hocky Family

1997 Paperback
Ages: 6 & Up
By: Lane Smith
ISBN: 0140557717
Paperback Price: $5.99
Review:
The five happy Hockys and their dog, Newton, live through a tumult of misadventures. In text that parodies "Dick and Jane" imbecility, and domestic catastrophes more Kafka and Kipling, with hip mod-Bauhaus illustrations, on artfully homespun brown paper, with typeface screaming "basal reader," this is the funniest paperback of the year. Children read it on one level; clever adults on quite another.
Peter Neumeyer   ©1997 Parents' Choice

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