Hoggy Went-A-Courtin' (I Like to Read Comics)

by Ethan Long (Author)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

Get in the game with Hoggy and friends in this comic for beginning readers!

No one can catch Hoggy on the court. He's the best at dribbling, shooting, and scoring. But Hoggy is not the best when it comes to helping his teammates. To them, Hoggy showboats, over-dribbles, and doesn't pass the ball. When Hoggy's fed-up friends ask him to leave the game, Hoggy is faced with a big decision. Will he stay angry, or will he apologize and be a better teammate?

Ethan Long's expressive, slapstick-style art shines in this story about teamwork, cooperation, and friendship--great for early comics and social emotion learning collections.

Comics-lovers can now share the fun with their kids, students, siblings, and younger friends who are learning to read! I Like to Read(R) Comics are perfect for kids who are challenged by or unengaged in reading, kids who love art, and the growing number of young comics fans. Filled with eye-catching art, humor, and terrific stories these comics provide unique reading experiences for growing minds.

I Like to Read(R) Comics, like their award-winning I Like to Read(R) counterpart, are created by celebrated artists and support reading comprehension to transform children into lifelong readers. We hope that all new readers will say, "I like to read comics!" A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

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Long brings an invitingly cartoonish style to the artwork in this I Like to Read Comics book, with bright colors and dynamic motion. . . . Long's play on the term ball hog makes for a comical premise, and the resolution of the friendship conflict will resonate with plenty of kids.

Kirkus Reviews

This early reader's simple format allows beginner readers to remain focused on the text while enjoying splash pages, sound effects, and the small details that make the visual experience of a comic so much fun. . . . Hoggy's story is also a well-crafted lesson in how to deliver a meaningful apology.

School Library Journal

K-Gr 2--When Hoggy sees his friends playing basketball, he wants to join in, but they are hesitant to include him. Hoggy is a ball hog, a showboat, and a sore loser, but he promises to try to be better. Unfortunately, he is not very successful and soon his friends send him home. After talking with another friend, Hoggy realizes that he should apologize and share so everyone can have a good time. This cute friendship story will resonate with children who have likely experienced similar scenarios many times over. The text is simple and accessible to young readers, and the panel setup of the graphic novel pages are intuitive for those just being introduced to this format. The illustrations are bright, cartoonish, and full of action which works well to support the basketball theme. VERDICT This colorful friendship story is an approachable introduction to graphic novels for early readers. A recommended purchase for most collections.--Ellen Conlin

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Ethan Long
Ethan Long is an artist and animator who has written and illustrated dozens of children's books. His accolades include a Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal for Up, Tall, and High! and a daytime Emmy nomination for Tasty Time with Ze Frank.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Holiday House
Publication date
June 14, 2022
I Like to Read Comics
BISAC categories
JUV002200 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Pigs
JUV039220 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Values & Virtues
JUV032020 - Juvenile Fiction | Sports & Recreation | Basketball
JUV043000 - Juvenile Fiction | Readers | Beginner
JUV008110 - Juvenile Fiction | Comics & Graphic Novels | Humorous
Library of Congress categories
Conduct of life
Graphic novels
Cartoons and comics
Cooperativeness in children
Sharing in children
Junior Library Guild Gold Selection

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