That's What Makes a Hippopotamus Smile
Written by Sean Taylor
Illustrated by Larent Cardon
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How to give a Hippopotamus a good time when he comes to visit provides a good model for how to treat friends of any kind. A hippo is not an easy friend to accommodate so the little girl has to be at her most thoughtful as she entertains him – despite his difficult habits! Luckily, the hippo is such a good friend that it makes everything very worth while.
A Piece of Passion from Publisher, Janetta Otter-Barry I love the way the enormous, happy hippo ambles into the small child’s home and shares his day. I think this picture book is a winning mix of fantasy with a real toddler’s day. My favourite bit is where the hippo springs his final surprise. He is coming back again soon – and all his animal friends are coming too. Great fun, and a lovely, satisfying bedtime read-aloud.
That's What Makes a Hippopotamus Smile by Sean Taylor
When a hippopotamus comes round to your house don't be worried or scared by his size, just hug him and open the door really wide because...that's what makes a hippopotamus come inside! 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!
a laugh aloud introduction to verse...With bold outlines and string 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
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