Hubert the Pudge: A Vegetarian Tale

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9780763619923: Hubert the Pudge: A Vegetarian Tale

The droll, offbeat tale of a pudge who escapes the pudge-eating world to find personal growth — and change his destiny

Hubert is a pudge, and pudges can never grow up. Instead, they are trucked off to the meat factory when they are still young and turned into TV dinners, microwave sausage links, and other greasy food products. But when Hubert manages to escape to the wild, he feasts on luscious grass, exotic orchids, and skunk cabbage. The more he eats, the bigger he grows, and soon Hubert is the biggest pudge since ancient times. He is giant! He is humongous! And he must fulfill his destiny. From the singular Henrik Drescher comes a quirky fable about the responsibilities that come from being larger than life.

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About the Author:

Henrik Drescher has written and illustrated many books for rebellious children and adults, including PAT THE BEASTIE and THE BOY WHO ATE AROUND. He also illustrated Judy Sierra's THE GRUESOME GUIDE TO WORLD MONSTERS. Henrik Drescher lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Grade 1-3–Hubert, who looks like a cross between an elephant, a pig, and a goat, lives on Farmer Jake's Processing Farm with many other pudges–all of them waiting to be carted off to the meat factory. Hubert manages to escape this fate and runs off to the jungle, where he meets wild animals and eats as much as he wants–eventually becoming big enough to give the elephants pudgeback rides. But still sad about the friends he left behind, he leads the jungle animals on a rescue mission, frees all the pudges, and persuades the farmer to change careers. Jake joins a health club, loses his belly, marries his trainer, and opens a tofu hot-dog factory, where the pudges help out and are paid in cobwebs (their favorite food). Everyone lives happily and healthily ever after. The illustrations vividly portray Hubert and the pudges' adventures, relying mainly on greens, pinks, and yellows. This is clearly a message book and it's not always logical. Purchase only if you're desperate for picture books on vegetarianism.–Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
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