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That’s Not a Hippopotamus! by Juliette MacIver. Illus.Sarah Davis

July 18, 2016

hippopotomusThat’s Not a Hippopotamus! by Juliette MacIver. Illus.Sarah Davis. Pub. Gecko press, 2016.

When Liam’s class go to Don’s Safari  to see the animals, the naked mole rat is in, the goblin shark is in and so is the pink fairy armadillo but where is the hippopotamus?

The class go looking all absolutely positive of what a hippopotamus looks like but hippopotamus is cunning and elusive but if you look hard you can spot him. Liam knows where he is but the teacher won’t listen.

After many identity mistakes by the children, bedecked in floral shirt, pork pie hat and sunglasses hippopotamus sneaks up on the children. Delightful.

Juliette MacIver’s rhyming text pushes boundaries but makes for great reading-aloud. “We got ‘im miss, we got ‘im miss we got ‘im by his bottom miss”.

Sarah Davis has really come to the party with her illustrations. The children, the animals, the game keeper and especially the teacher show real character as they go through all the emotions that the story brings. The hippopotamus is superbly disguised and I loved it when he hides with the elephants.

An experienced team this. Other books by both are on this blog. A great addition to any school library and a wonderful story to read to children at night.

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