That's Not A Hippopotamus! by Juliette MaciverThat's Not A Hippopotamus! by Juliette Maciver

That's Not A Hippopotamus!

byJuliette MaciverIllustratorSarah Davis

Picture Books | August 1, 2016

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A class 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 reaches a pitch, and no one thinks to listen to quiet Liam, who really might know where the hippo is hiding.

That's Not a Hippopotamus is a deft and delightful tale, packed with word play and madcap energy-and with a whole different story to enjoy in the illustrations.

Juliette MacIver is a picture-book writer and mother of four, who lives in Wellington, New Zealand. Her popular books are regularly shortlisted for book awards.Sarah Davis has illustrated more than 30 books. She has won and been shortlisted for numerous awards in Australia and New Zealand.
Title:That's Not A Hippopotamus!Format:Picture BooksDimensions:32 pages, 10.13 × 10.5 × 0.38 inPublished:August 1, 2016Publisher:Gecko PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1927271967

ISBN - 13:9781927271964


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny text, silly pictures, tons to see on every page! At Don’s Safari the children are on the search for the missing hippopotamus. Filled with gorgeous silly drawings the children find everything but a hippo, including some very stinky and dangerous creatures. The text is quirky and would make a fun read aloud. With lots of things to search for on each page this humorous book will appeal to ages three to seven.
Date published: 2016-09-02

Editorial Reviews

"When the hippo goes missing, the whole young class visiting Don's Safari takes up the search.Don, a white man with a pith helmet and a neat handlebar moustache, welcomes the diverse throng of children with an expansive gesture. One little white boy boldly declares that there's no hippopotamus; indeed, near the arrowed sign stating 'See the amazing hippopotamus' there's just a set of big footprints. Don is frantic, and the determined children turn into a hunting party. They've got more energy than animal sense, mistaking the giraffe, the elephant, and even the snake for a hippopotamus. Davis' pictures capture these interactions hilariously. A little black girl with fabulously poofy hair dangles from the neck of the giraffe like a daredevil, and a brown-skinned girl gets all wrapped up by the snake (who later goes for the teacher, who is white). The entire class has just about given up when an enormous figure wearing an ill-fitting Hawaiian shirt, sunglasses, and a tiny ugly hat creeps up behind them. It's little, brown-skinned Liam who tugs on the teacher's skirt to point out the big gray beast lurking behind. MacIver's bouncy, rhyming text betrays its antipodean origins with dropped H's aplenty: 'I got 'im, Miss! I got 'im, Miss!' Davis' colorful illustrations match the text's energy and zaniness, doing a better job than many at capturing racial differences among the children. Buoyant fun for the very young."-Kirkus Reviews