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Hippos Go Berserk! Board book – 6 Nov 2000


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  • Board book: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's (6 Nov. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689834993
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689834998
  • Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 1.7 x 12.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sandra Boynton's unique style couples hilarious rhyme with zany characters. She has written and illustrated many books for Simon and Schuster over the years, including MOO, BAA, LA LA LA and FUZZY! FUZZY! FUZZY!

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John E. Davidson on 30 Jan. 2006
Format: Board book
This is a wonderfully simple story about a lonely Hippo sitting at home who is visited by a number of other Hippos. They have a party (Go Berserk) and then the Hippos leave in the same groups as they arrived in leaving the first Hippo all alone again (and missing the other 44 Hippos).
The book is nicely illustrated. It is supported by a simple narrative written in rhyming couplets with a nice rhythm, which makes it good for reading aloud. The book incorporates counting as the Hippos arrive in groups of increasing size (i.e. 2, 3, 4, …, 9) and leave in groups of descending size (9, …, 2).
Great fun. Recommended.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By S. Godfrey on 28 Aug. 2001
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From the dedication to the author's parents at the beginning ("I didn't invite them - did you invite them?") to the last page, I found this book absolutely captivating. It took a little longer to interest my 19-month-old daughter, perhaps because the colours are sometimes quite muted, but now she loves it too. It would be tempting to think that a counting book which focuses solely on counting hippos might get a bit tedious, but Sandra Boynton's humorous illustrations make each set of hippos a completely new experience. The premise is also a winner for anyone who has ever been a teenager - you invite two people round and suddenly you have a wild party on your hands. The rhyming text flows beautifully from one page to the next as forty-four hippos arrive, wreck the house and leave the next morning. A further guest in the shape of a (very cute) beast provides a game of 'spot the non-hippo'. "Bee!" says my daughter, who has not quite got round to putting the ends on words. This book is a huge favourite with my family and I would recommend it wholeheartedly.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Waterman VINE VOICE on 30 Jan. 2003
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Among Boynton's best, this is one of my daughter's favourites.
The story, a simple tale of hippos arriving for a party, stands up well on its own, but really comes alive with the neat rhymes and great illustrations we've come to expect from Sandra Boynton.
Plenty to look at and share with your young one but also an added bonus of introducing counting in a natural and fun way!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Boove on 4 July 2010
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I think this book is great! But despite the fact that my 13-month old really loves pretty much all his books, which include a number by Sandra Boynton that are particular favourites, for some reason this one doesn't yet keep his attention. After a few pages, he's looking at other books on his shelf and trying to get them down. I can't really work out why except that the book is longer than some of his others. The images are simple and clear; the text is simple with short, rhyming sentences, not too much on each page; and it's a boardbook, so it's easy to turn the pages - all the ingredients that my son usually enjoys. I'm not sure what his issue with it is, but I'd still recommend it!
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We were given this book by a friend and it is now one of my favourite books of all time. The words flow beautifully so it can bear countless re-reading (fortunate because one of my children in particular likes to have it read at least once a day if not more). They get so excited when the hippos go berserk and I have often seen one of my children open it to that page and then start jumping up and down. As they get older it should help them with counting as well as all the other concepts and ideas hidden away in the illustrations and the text. Definitely a classic.
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We were given this book for our son and have been reading it to him since he was about 6 months old. He likes it even though he is still a bit too young to appreciate the counting aspect, but the pictures are cleverly drawn and we enjoy building up to the party and then counting backwards as all the hippos head home. It is easy and fun to read and we like pointing out little things in the pictures that he might relate to ("There's a balloon" or "They're eating"). I love Sandra Boynton and recommend this one for great illustrations and fun with counting.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Waterman VINE VOICE on 25 Sept. 2002
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The first Boynton we bought and still the favourite and best! A great but simple story with lovely rhymes and rhythm. The illustrations are top notch with plenty of detail to ask questions about. Subtly educational and just a lot of fun!
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Bought this for my daughter - she's 13 months old and absolutely loves having this book read to her. The illustrations are wonderful, the story amusing (quite important for the sanity of the parent who has to read it over and over again - I have to admit, I now know it off by heart), and she especially likes the page where the hippos are partying away. I've also bought copies for friends' children, and they love it too - highly recommended.
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