Hogwood Steps Out

written by Howard Mansfield, illustrated by Barry Moser

Christopher Hogwood, a black-and-white pet pig weighing over 600 pounds, leaves his pen in search of adventure, food, and mud one lovely spring day.

Christopher Hogwood is itching to get out and wallow in some good mud. Unfastening the gate is no challenge for the 600 pound pet pig, so off he goes on a charming spring exploration. First, to a garden with fresh lettuce, only to be run off by the angry gardener. Next he tears up a lawn and gets chased off. Finally, he’s apprehended by a policeman. Back in the barn Hogwood dreams of the next crops he’ll raid; “God bless gardeners.”

Bold, full-page, realistic watercolors feature an endearing Hogwood enjoying life in a variety of settings and make this massive black-and-white pig appear as a good friend. A striped cat makes a fine contrast as he and the hog snuggle together on the opening and closing pages.

A brief reminiscence of Christopher Hogwood, the tiny runt pig adopted and raised by the author and his wife, naturalist writer Sy Montgomery. Hogwood Steps Out is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.