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Hippospotamus Hardcover – 6 Sep 2012
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"The rhyming has vim and is great to read aloud" (Kate Kellaway Guardian)
"A cracker of a story told with flair and invention . . . Excellent jokes abound" (Julia Eccleshare, Lovereading 'Book of the Month')
"Especially fun to read aloud" (Children's Books Ireland, Inis)
"Wonderful . . . the pace is fast and uplifting. The illustrations in this gorgeous book are bright and comical." (We Love This Book)
"A wonderful read-aloud, one that small children ITCH to get their hands on, to try for themselves . . . get the book asap!" (Books for Keeps)
"The rhyming has vim and is great to read aloud"
"A cracker of a story told with flair and invention . . . Excellent jokes abound"
"Especially fun to read aloud"
"Wonderful . . . the pace is fast and uplifting. The illustrations in this gorgeous book are bright and comical."
"A wonderful read-aloud, one that small children ITCH to get their hands on, to try for themselves . . . get the book asap!"
The award-winning team of Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross have created yet another cheeky gem.See all Product description
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Jeanne Willis has done much better work - 'I'm sure I saw a dinosaur' - for instance. That IS worth buying as a great rhyming book with a super strong story.
"It's measels," says the Weasel. "You sat in a breezle and caught a diseasel."
"It's Hippopox!" says the Fox. But Beaver says it's Jungle Fever, Lion says it's Hippolumps, Shrew believes it's Potomumps and if Rhino says it's Hippoflu, really, no one has a clue. Oh, dear, what will spotty hippo do?
She'll scrub her skin with icky soot, from "..noseymus to footimus, but the spotamus stayed put."
She'll get a shot from Croc the Doc but despite the "perfect shotamus" - rot! - the shot's for naught!
"It's a blister," says her sister.
For goodness' sake, "You clottamus!" says the acerbated Snake. "Cut out chippochoccomus, eat lettuce for a week." Still "... the spot on Hippo's bottomus stuck firmly to her cheek."
Will the spotty on her botty ever, ever leave? The ending may delight you, and then again may not ('cause it's a yecchy fulsome finish to that stubborn sticky spot!)
HOWEVER, it's a lively book and it's hilarious and good enough to forgive the ending. On a scale of 0 to the full 5-ottomus, I give it the maximottamus. (Plus, Ross' illustrations are the perfect complimottamus.)
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