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The Good Good Pig: The Extraordinary Life of Christopher Hogwood

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  4,490 Ratings  ·  733 Reviews
“Christopher Hogwood came home on my lap in a shoebox. He was a creature who would prove in many ways to be more human than I am.”
–from The Good Good Pig

A naturalist who spent months at a time living on her own among wild creatures in remote jungles, Sy Montgomery had always felt more comfortable with animals than with people. So she gladly opened her heart to a sick pigle
Paperback, 272 pages
Published April 17th 2007 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2006)
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Jan 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
I just finished this book last night after buying it Saturday afternoon. I started crying near the end and didn't stop for about 30 minutes. It reminded me of all of the animals I've loved, and it expressed the relationship I had with most of them. Especially my doggies, Sidney and Ruffles. (I actually told them they were "good, good doggies" over and over again when they got old and didn't feel good. So you can imagine the waterworks that followed when I got to the end of the book.

It also refe
Mar 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I heard Sy Montgomery, the author of this book, speak about it at the Children's Literature Institute at Simmons College in July 2007. I knew I had to read it. It's a true story about her amazing pig Christopher Hogwood--and about how he brought the author close to other people in her small town in New Hampshire. I absolutely LOVED this book! It's like the "Charlotte's Web" for adults. I give "The Good Good Pig" my highest recommendation.

Sy's husband, Howard Mansfield, has written a picture book
Jun 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Amanda & Gene
This is one of those books you can sit down and read at one sitting and never get bored with it. A sweet story of the runtiest of runts who grew up to be big in more than the obvious pig-way. A loving pig who made an impact on many human and animal lives, a pig who helped the quiet author reach out to the new community around her and touch lives through sharing her pig. I loved this book.

A wonderful combination of heartwarming, uplifting, good writing and even sobering at times; it will be one o
Oct 06, 2009 rated it did not like it
I've been a sucker for books about animals since I began reading -- at the age of 3. I must have read Lightfoot the Leaping Goat at least 100 times in my childhood -- and every other animal book the public library had. I am a fan of James Herriott and every book about gorillas, chimps, dogs, horses, Elsa the lioness...and I found Moby Dick unbearably sad. Just thinking about those whales gives me pangs of empathetic suffering. I also have read widely in the scientific literature about animal cog ...more
D'Anne Avotins
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
OK, so I know that I'm an easy reviewer and it's not that hard to get 5 stars from me (unlike some reviewers I know who are more discerning, namely Eileen and Anita!) However, every once in a while a book comes along that not only is a good story, with vivid characters, excellent writing, and enjoyable pacing, but it also touches your heart. The Good Good Pig is one such story. I am a "people" person and at the beginning of the book, I had a difficult time relating to Sy Montgomery, although I d ...more
Lauren Henderson

That's mainly what I got out of this book. Christopher Hogwood is truly amazing. I've never spent a lot of time around pigs, so I never realized how much personality they have. In The Good, Good Pig, Sy Montgomery tells a lot of heartwarming stories about Chris - how the entire community saved scraps for him, how he ended up bringing them lifelong friends they wouldn't have otherwise known, how he loved his bath times, how he simply loved with his whole heart.

There w
Mar 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
I took this book, recommended by my daughter, with me as I waited to have a water pump replaced in my Echo. The wait was a long one, but enjoyable. As I sat reading,surrounded by others, I found myself often laughing out loud because of the antics of this pet animal. Christopher Hogwood, the main character of this memoir, lives with a loving couple, both writers, one who travels extensivley and is most knowledgeable about animals all over the world. Sy Montgomery and her husband love the pig the ...more
Anna Staniszewski
Jan 07, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't sure what to expect when delving into this one. I think pigs are cute, but hearing about a couple raising a monster pig didn't quite sound like my thing. But in reading this book, I not only got to know the pig (and love him) but also to really appreciate the author's unique perspective on life. She built a family around her of friends and animals that was far from ordinary, but so complete. I was suddenly envious of her crazy, small town where neighbors would come from miles around to ...more
Tejas Janet
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this very touching book that I think is one that most animal lovers would enjoy. Besides one enormous, pampered pig, there is a cast of other animal friends - a smart, Frisbee-loving border collie named Tess and numerous, endearing chickens, "the ladies," as the author refers to them. But there's more to this memoir than cute, touching animal-anecdotes though it has plenty of these. It's also very much about the author and her life, both personally and professionally, and it left me feel ...more
Molly Stewardson
Feb 14, 2010 rated it it was ok
What a shame that this book wasn't better. The major problem I found with it was that I didn't care for the narrator/author. I had a hard time putting my finger on what about the book bugged me until about halfway through when I realized, oh, I don't like her-and I think it's just because I don't care for her voice and tone. She seemed very braggy about everything-animals just love her-she's just so awesome that animals are comfortable with her. And everything, I mean everything was about her. W ...more
Scott Munden
Sep 29, 2015 rated it did not like it
So let me come clean and say that I happen to be a big fan of stories concerning human to non-human relationships. Having said that, however, the act of reading Sy Montgomery's book "The Good Good Pig" felt like being trapped in some stranger's finished basement and forced to flip through family albums of uninteresting trips to uninteresting places. I look around and see delightedly engaged faces surrounding the family album. I watch as fingers point towards photos I've seen thousands of times f ...more
Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to love this book. I am a sucker for animal stories of all kinds...( I weep over long-dead animals I've never even met.) But I just didn't connect with this author or sadly, her animals. It was missing that indefinable thing that draws the reader in to the world contained within the pages of a good book.
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What an absolutely amazing tenderhearted book! The words just flowed, the love just flowed. Sy Montgomery is a naturalist and has written many books about animals. She and her husband, have friends who had litters of pigs, and they took in a runt and raised it. I learned so much about pigs! It became her friend, her companion, and ended up being quite famous! I laughed, I cried. I was so taken by this book, and it made my heart so happy to read it. What a delight.
I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would. Essentially it's a story about the writer's life in rural New Hampshire with a pet pig names Christopher Hogwood. I have to admit that most of the time small town life stories do not hold my interest. But this was a story about a pig and I have a soft spot for books about animals and since this book was for free in the laundry room's communal book shelf I figured I had nothing to lose except time.

Sy Montgomery really likes animals. For her, obse
Feb 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
There are so many things to love about this book! It doesn't try to be anything but an honest, loving story about a couple and their journey with their pig, Christopher Hogwood. One of my absolute favorite aspects was that this book was unconventionally educational. Sy Montgomery has written several other books about her research and adventures with various exotic animals (ie pink dolphins of the Amazon, silverback gorillas in Zaire, vampire bats in Costa Rica, etc.). I assume that this writing ...more
Apr 11, 2012 rated it liked it
I had read this book quite some time ago and had forgotten. I thought it was familiar but picked it up at the library anyway and as soon as I looked at the pictures in the book, I remembered it vividly. However, I skimmed through it again just to revive my memories of Christopher Hogwood.

This is the story not so much of a very lucky pig who was saved and adopted by a couple, but more the story of several lucky people who were inspired, enlightened, and befriended by one very talented, smart pig.
Feb 04, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a quick, cute read. Sy and Howard take in a tiny runt of a pig litter, expecting it to die within days. But with love, food and attention, this little tyke not only survives but lives a glorious life as the star-attraction of their small town. Pig slop, poop and media attention are the key topics addressed (over and over and over) and quickly it becomes apparent that this pig runs the show not only for his immediate family but for the town in general. I can't imagine a town where an esc ...more
Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, animals


Apr 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the story of Christopher Hogwood! In addition to being a heartwarming and fun book with a story about awesome animals (we can't forget the Ladies and Tess!), I learned some things about pigs as well!

I loved this quote from the book; it sums up how I see animals as well: "But Christopher had made his desires known. We simply obeyed, as was our mission and our privilege." (p. 244, large print edition).
Emma Henn
Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thought that "The good good pig" was a informational book but not too informational to the point where you feel like you're reading non-fiction. while reading the book it didn't seem like every page was just straight facts, there was an actual story. during the first few chapters i learned a lot about the pigs skin and fur which was very interesting to me, before reading this i didn't know there where stripped pigs in the world. Overall i thought that it was a good book and i would recommend i ...more
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: a-the-best
This book struck a very strong chord with me. Within the first couple of pages we learn that Montgomery's father is struggling with lung cancer. My dad was diagnosed with lung cancer at the beginning of the year. From that moment on, this book took a completely different tone with me.

The Good Good Pig is really just as much about Sy as it is about Christopher Hogwood. Maybe even a little more. Sy's growth in her community and with her fledgling family is coincided by Christopher's growing (both
Haven Fairfield
Mar 23, 2010 rated it liked it
He really was a good pig.

Sy Montgomery is an experienced author who has led a remarkable life of adventure. She has searched for the elusive golden bear in Cambodia, swam with the pink dolphins in Amazon, communed with the gorillas in Africa and stalked (as well as been stalked by) tigers in India. Ironically, Ms. Montgomery's most resonant revelations came to her through the good grace of her kind hearted pig, Christopher Hogwood.

Cynics need not apply. There is a fair dose of saccharin contai
Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The book I read was called "The Good, Good Pig" by: Sy Montgomery.
The authors purpose for writing this story was to share her experience of raising a baby piglet into the pigs natural life.
The theme of this book is when you are in a stressful situation there will be something out there to keep your mind off of the stress. For example, the reason the author got the pig to begin with was because her father was dying and her friends had just had a large litter of piglets and they had a runt and
Apr 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Sy Montgomery lives and writes in Hanover, NH when she is not traveling the world searching for Pink Dolphins, man-eating tigers or Golden Moon bears. Christopher Hogwood came into her life as the runt of the runts much as Wilbur appeared in Fern's life in the celebrated "Charlotte's Web." But there the comparison ends for, though, Christopher does indeed talk, it is in pig language. And the people who love their farms and this particular pig are wonderful listeners. Christopher's charm and zes ...more
Jan 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love and I laughed and I cried; all within 250 pages. This is the story of Christopher Hogwood--no, not the composer, a Hancock, New Hampshire sickly piglet who became a treasured friend and family member and celebrity bringing together family, friends and a community, as neighbors would bring him home from his unauthorized walks, neighbors and friends would come over with their bountiful delicious leftovers (no citrus, no onions...Christopher had a very discerning palate) and, then, t ...more
Elly Sands
Jan 16, 2010 rated it it was ok
Hmm, a book about a pig?? I think a lot of us have been through this scenario...We have lunch with a friend and they bring books to give us that they know we will "just love." We are thinking "but I have sooo many of my own I want to read." Being courteous we accept the books. This is one of them along with a book about an owl to be read later. Obviously this particular friend knows my affection for animals. The author, who usually writes about her travels to find rare animals in exotic places, ...more
May 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: animal lovers
Shelves: animals, pets
I unabashedly enjoyed this book. Not only did I learn about Christopher Hogwood (the pig version), but I learned about Sy Montgomery as well. Why hadn't I heard of her till now?! Now I am definitely planning on checking out more of her books.

I always knew that pigs were considered to be intelligent creatures - some say smart as dogs - but this book allowed me to learn more details. The story, of course, revolved around Chris himself, and was sprinkled with facts about various types of pigs and h
Oct 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like most books written about an animal a human has made a connection with, the book is also about the author, her life, her friends, family, neighbours and community. But there is a lot about the pig and his life, which is central to this story. Pigs are smart animals, with an emotional life of their own. To think that millions of them are used and abused fills me with horror. They deserve better.
I was pleased to see that the author was at least a vegetarian and made sure Chris was too. Was di
This is an interesting and engaging book. At times I couldn't care less about this Good Good Pig, but most of the time I found him entertaining and bright and realize entirely why Sy Montgomery wrote about him... Respect for those we so often take completely for granted... especially those in the 'food animal' world... We think of cats and dogs as having 'almost human' traits yet we rarely take the time to even think about other creatures because we rarely take the time to get to know them, real ...more
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“I never met a pig I didn't like. All pigs are intelligent, emotional, and sensitive souls. They all love company. They all crave contact and comfort. Pigs have a delightful sense of mischief; most of them seem to enjoy a good joke and appreciate music. And that is something you would certainly never suspect from your relationship with a pork chop.” 17 likes
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