What do you do when a hippopotamus comes to visit? Play splashy-sploshy games, of course, to make him happy. Share silly toys in a big warm bath, to make him laugh. Give him a great big crunchy salad-treat, as that's what a hippo likes to eat. And when he's ready to go home, do a little dance and say goodbye in style - because that's what makes a hippopotamus smile! And now that you're his new best friend he'll be sure to want to come round again - maybe not on his own next time!
About the Author
Sean Taylor is a children's author, storyteller and teacher with experience of creative writing teaching in three continents. His books include The Great Snake, Purple Class and the Skelington, Purple Class and the Flying Spider, Purple Class and the Half-Eaten Sweater, The Grizzly Bear with the Frizzly Hair, Crocodiles Are the Best Animals of All, Who Ate Auntie Iris and We Have Lift-Off.
About the Illustrator
Laurent Cardon is a Frenchman who has lived in Sao Paulo since 1995. His background is in international film animation, and he has worked in Japan, China and Korea. However, he has recently turned to illustrating children's books. He has several picture books published in Portuguese in Brazil, and he also illustrated Wolf Wanted.
"Fun knockabout humour, glorious illustrations, we realised we don't see enough hippos in books!" Read it Daddy "This is a really fun book to read, and makes for a very entertaining way to pass some time with the kids." Book Bag "a laugh aloud introduction to verse...With bold outlines and strong colour this will appeal to three-to five-year-olds." Irish Examiner "The lilting repetitive text echoes the enjoyment shared by the hippo and his hostess: the page turns beautifully punctuate the story, the space on each spread fully inhabited by the bold expressive illustrations, revelling in the hippo's size in contrast to his small companion. An exuberant yet reassuring book for sharing." Booktrust "The playful, half rhyming text is cleverly structured with 'Because...' used to link action and reaction both of which are amusingly portrayed in Cardon's comical mixed media scenes." Books for Keeps
For Ages: 3 - 6 years old
Number Of Pages: 32
Published: 1st July 2014
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 27.5 x 0.8
Weight (kg): 0.32