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The Hippo at the End of the Hall

Written by Helen Cooper

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The Hippo at the End of the Hall Review

Fantasy / Magical Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers Recommended Children's eBooks

A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month June 2018   Award-winning illustrator Helen Cooper’s debut novel is a richly imagined and cleverly crafted story perfectly matched by her own illustrations. ‘Come now or come never!’ reads the mysterious invitation that arrives with the milk one day. Despite his mother’s protest, Ben knows he must take up the challenge. Working with the diverse inhabitants of the museum, he finds himself caught up in a desperate struggle to save the whole place from the wicked developers. With an underlying plot about the mysterious disappearance of his father this is both a thoughtful and an exciting novel that will fire the imagination of all readers who, like Ben, have ever dared to believe that the animals in a museum might come alive. 

Julia Eccleshare's Picks of the Month for June 2018:

Mariella, Queen of the Skies by Eoin Colfer

Opposites by Roald Dahl

1, 2, 3 by Roald Dahl

The Day War Came by Nicola Davies

The Hippo at the End of the Hall by Helen Cooper

The Adventures of John Blake: Mystery of the Ghost Ship by Philip Pullman

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

The Hippo at the End of the Hall Synopsis

The invitation was delivered by bees. It wasn t addressed to anyone at all, but Ben knew it was for him. It would lead him to an old, shambolic museum, full of strange and bewitching creatures. A peculiar world of hidden mysteries and curious family secrets . . . and some really dangerous magic. Filled with her own wonderful illustrations, The Hippo at the End of the Hall is Helen Cooper's debut novel.

The Hippo at the End of the Hall Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel members were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Ethan Watkin, age 10 - 'The Hippo at the End of the Hall is a great book and an exciting adventure...This is one of the best books I have read this year.
  • Linda Brown - 'What a wonderful magical, mysterious adventure...The Hippo at the End of the Hall is a mix of folk tales, myth and travel and has a curious quality to it that makes it wonderfully original.'
  • James Boran, age 12 - 'A great adventure set in a museum with a touch of magic.'
  • Judith Smith, age 12 ½ - 'A novel about a museum may not seem very appealing at first glance, however, take a closer look and you will find many treasures inside. Will good win through?'
  • Hannah Minton, age 12 - 'It was great and exciting. ‘The Hippo At The End Of The Hall’ is an exciting read, with lots of twisting mysteries...a combination of thrilling fantasy, and realism, which takes ben through a plot that is truly ground breaking.'
  • Bella, age 10 - 'Really fun and magical book, great pictures too.'
  • Oliver Thorpe, age 11 - 'a fun read with great illustrations and an original yet easy to follow plot...This book would appeal to anyone with a vivid imagination, especially who like stories with magic. I am an animal lover, and that definitely makes it appeal as well.'
  • Harsh Budhdeo, age 10 - 'Amazing mix of characters and creatures, kept me on my toes. Not to mention the suspense on the gem.'
  • Maia Fuller, age 13 - 'The Hippo at the End of the Hall was such an amazing book with an amazing story. The book is so beautiful and I really think people should read it.'
  • Matilda Greenacre, 11 - 'Perfect, an amazing story.'

The Hippo at the End of the Hall Press Reviews

A fantastical and dreamlike adventure - The Sunday Times

glorious first work of full-length fiction - Guardian

truly stunning...a pleasure to read - Books for Keeps

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781910989760
Publication date: 07/06/2018
Publisher: David Fickling Books
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781910989753
Publication date: 02/11/2017
Publisher: David Fickling Books
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781910989760
Publication date: 7th June 2018
Author: Helen Cooper
Publisher: David Fickling Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 342 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Fantasy / Magical
Recommendations: Julia Eccleshare's Picks, eBooks, Reviewed by Children

About Helen Cooper

Helen Cooper’s childhood was spent in Cumbria, but she now lives in Oxford with her husband, Ted Dewan and young daughter. As well as being a highly talented artist, Helen is also a keen musician who studied music at college and worked as a music teacher before writing and illustrating full time.She has illustrated over fourteen books and her work has been translated into fifteen languages. Helen is the first ever author/illustrator to have won the Kate Greenaway Medal with two consecutive books.

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