If there’s anything that my kids love, Master C in particular, then it has to be something disgusting. I’m wondering if that’s why he is such a fan of Happy Hooves, Yuk! which we were recently sent to review. It’s a lovely story of friendship, kindness and really disgusting food.
In this funny story Pig realises he is hungry and thinks that it’s highly likely that some of his friends will be hungry too. He decides to make a yummy spread for all on them on the farmyard and he sets about decorating everywhere and collecting together some delicious food to serve up. Only, what Pig thinks of as delicious isn’t necessarily so in the eyes of Cow, Foal, Donkey and Sheep. Unsurprisingly they don’t all want to eat worm spaghetti, hot snail curry, earwig chips or green frog stew. Poor Pig’s all upset when he realised that his friends don’t like the same food as him. But after being comforted by them all he comes up with a dish that they’ll all enjoy – chocolate mud cake! And as we all know, everyone loves chocolate, right?
This lovely tale is written in rhyming verse and had a lovely rhythm to it when I read it out-loud to Master C at bedtime. I’d not come across Happy Hooves before, but Anna Bogie’s series was inspired by the rugged Spanish countryside where she lives at the weekend with her family. Her text has been combined with Rebecca Elliott’s retro-modern illustrations to bring the story to life wonderfully.
Happy Hooves, Yuk! by A. Bogie and illustrated by Rebecca Elliott was published in Hardback by Fat Fox on 22 September 2016, priced at £10.99
Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of Happy Hooves, Yuk! for the purposes of this review. All opinions remain my own. This post contains affiliate links.