Hippospotamus Paperback – 7 Mar 2013
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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)
Ridiculously hilarious Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross have created yet another cheeky gem. Shortlisted for the Red House Children's Book AwardSee 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.)
My three year old son was also highly entertained due to the mention of the word 'bottom' and 'bum'.
So, clever and creative. The sort of book I wish I had the genius to write myself, but know I would fall very short.
Highly, highly recommended by myself and most importantly, my son, who requests it over and over.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We love this storyline so much that we had to send it as a gift to our cousins in France!Published 20 months ago by Rabo
Just brilliant. We never tire of reading this story to our 2 year old.Published 20 months ago by Miss s e batey
My five year old granddaughter didn't like the book very much. The book is well produced but the illustration is a bit gross. Is a spot on the bottom so funny? Read morePublished on 8 Oct. 2013 by J. Hodgson