Veronica by Roger Duvoisin

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Veronica the hippopotamus wants to be famous, she wants more than the muddy river that she calls home can offer, so sets out for the city in search of fame. She discovers that being "conspicuous" has it's own challenges... This classic by beloved children's author Roger Duvoisin was written in 1961 and is the first in a series of books about the adventurous hippo.


Veronica by Roger Duvoisin

Veronica the hippopotamus lives with her large family on the cool muddy river bank, swimming in its clear waters. But she is not happy. She dreams of becoming a conspicuous hippopotamus, even perhaps, a famous one, noticed by everyone. So she sets off, looking for adventure.

In the city she discovers that there are many confusing rules about how you can move around, where you can sleep and what you can eat, and that police stations are not made with hippopotamuses in mind. Will she find her way back to her safe, muddy home? And will her dream of becoming a conspicuous hippopotamus ever be realized?

About the Author

Roger Duvoisin was a renowned Swiss-born American author-illustrator who created the Happy Lion and Petunia series of picture books, along with more than 40 other titles for children. He was awarded the Caldecott medal in 1947.

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 2


Roger Duvoisin
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The Bodleian Library

Publication date

1st April 2016




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