When I Woke Up I Was a Hippopotamus by Tom MacRae

When I Woke Up I Was a Hippopotamus

Written by Tom MacRae
Illustrated by Ross Collins

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April 2012 Book of the Month.

A great story with rhyming text and delightfully complementary bright and bold illustrations, it features a small boy with an incredibly over-active imagination - he has fantasies about being lots of different creatures, all of whom get him into all sorts of mischief!


When I Woke Up I Was a Hippopotamus by Tom MacRae

When I woke up I was a hippopotamus. Yawning in the morning, I raised up my sleepy head, Then took one look out of the window and got straight back into bed.


'Ross Collins' striking illustrations combine a Winnie-the-Pooh cuddle factor with a dark imagination reminiscent of Tenniel's drawings for Alice.' - TES

'Tom MacRae is such a talented and sensitive writer. I love this book. I only wish he'd written it thirty years earlier. Then I could have loved it as a child.' - Matthew Cain, Culture Editor, Channel 4 News

About the Author

Tom MacRae

Tom MacRae is best known as a BAFTA-winning scriptwriter for television: his work has been shown on both Channel 4 and BBC2. He has recently written several episodes for the new series of both Doctor Who and Miss Marple. His first book for children, The Opposite, was published by Andersen Press in 2006, and his second Baby Pie in 2009.

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Book Info


32 pages
Interest Age: To 5


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Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

5th April 2012




Publisher Profile

Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.

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