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.
A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection
About the Author
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.
"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."—Kirkus Reviews
"This colorful friendship story is an approachable introduction to graphic novels for early readers."—School Library Journal
"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."—Booklist