That's Not a Hippopotamus!

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 1
  • Reading Level: Grade 1

Best Picture Book winner, New Zealand Children’s Book Awards 2018

An irresistible read-aloud story about a class trip to the zoo with rhyming word play and madcap energy.

A school trip to the zoo descends into a chaotic hunt for the missing hippopotamus. Teacher, zookeeper and all the children join the search. The noise and drama reach a pitch, and no one thinks to listen to quiet Liam, who really might know where the hippo is hiding.

I see him, Miss! He’s super tall!
I’ll fetch him in no time at all.
I got’im, Miss! I got’im, Miss!
I KNEW that I could spot’im, Miss!


This clever rhyming story for children aged 2 to 7 years features humor and wordplay that will entertain toddlers, preschoolers and early readers. Children delight in spotting the hippopotamus hiding on every page and identify with sweet Liam, the quiet but observant boy who no one listens to. Sarah Davis’s charming and lively illustrations tell a different story about where the hippo is hiding in each scene. Perfect for reading together again and again as a family, in the school classroom or independently, this picture book features a cast of diverse characters and funny and curious children.

“Buoyant fun for the very young” – Kirkus

Juliette MacIver is a picture book writer and mother of four, who lives in New Zealand. Her popular books are regularly shortlisted for awards.

Sarah Davis has illustrated more than 30 books. She has won and been shortlisted for numerous awards in Australia and New Zealand.

Praise for That’s Not a Hippopotamus
“Good-natured, funny, and a fabulous read-aloud to groups of kids.” – School Library Journal

“This delightful tale will bring smiles to your face and cheers to your lips! Kids will ask for it again and again just for the pure joy of joining in the hippo hunt.” – Storywraps

“A fantastic romp to read aloud but it would also be wonderful to share so the nuances in the illustrations can be fully appreciated. Recommended.” – Magpies Magazine

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978-1-927271-96-4
$12.74
978-1-77657-084-3
$21.99
Interest Level Preschool - Grade 1
Reading Level Grade 1
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2016
Publisher Gecko Press
Imprint Gecko Press
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2016-08-01
Text Type Fiction—Humor
BISACS JUV057000, JUV002330, JUV002260
Dewey [Fic]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 10.2 x 9.8
Lexile 390
Features Original artwork, Reviewed, Teaching Guides, and eSource

Reviews

Kirkus Reviews

“©olorful illustrations match the text’s energy and zaniness. . . . Buoyant fun for the very young.”—Kirkus Reviews

Author: Juliette MacIver

Juliette MacIver is a picture-book writer and linguist, who lives in Wellington, New Zealand. Her popular books are regularly shortlisted for book awards.

Illustrator: Sarah Davis

Sarah Davis has illustrated more than 30 books. She has won and been shortlisted for numerous awards in Australia and New Zealand.

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That's Not a Hippopotamus!

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