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Hubert the Pudge: A Vegetarian Tale

by Henrik Drescher

Hardcover, 40 pages

Published by Candlewick (2006-10-10)

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Amazon Description

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.

One Potato Review

Isn’t it funny how we use the same word to describe those funny big birds and a McNugget? Hard to know the right time to start talking to your kids about that pork chop, that hamburger, and maybe this isn’t where you’d start. But the call to conscience is pretty clarion here, and also funny, and gracious: even the brutish Farmer Jake ends up falling in love and starting a Tofu company. Certainly there are cringes along the way, but Drescher, as usual, takes a little discomfort and makes it sound important enough to follow all the way to the end. If nothing else, this story offers the satisfaction of an artist with finally enough stature to defy his editors’ better, safer judgement. One of a kind. 

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