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A toe-tapping hippo discovers the bliss of water ballet in this rollicking picture book by Karma Wilson (author of Bear Snores On) and illustrator Suzanne Watts.
Decked out in extravagant costumes -- including a flowery leotard, a ruffled flamenco dress, and disco flare pants -- Hilda is creating a jungle-sized ruckus with her dancing. With hippo-strength "thumpity-bump" and "swisha-swisha clap" moves, Hilda shakes her groove thing, but unfortunately, the other animals have serious issues with all the noise. After monkeys and rhinos suggest she try something less disruptive (like knitting or singing), the water buffaloes propose water ballet as a possible answer. So Hilda puts on a two-piece suit and dives in, jubilantly discovering that aquatic dance satisfies her artistic streak and keeps the jungle peacefully intact and her pals cheering for encores.
Accompanied by Watts's laugh-out-loud, bubbly illustrations of African animal scenes, Wilson's delightful rhymes celebrate a heroine with style, spunk, and artistic vision to spare. With heart-shaped movie-star sunglasses and a headdress straight out of a Carmen Miranda film, this lovable hippo will inspire kids to embrace their talents and respect others, too. Watching Hilda "ker-plop" and "plunk" in the water will make young readers want to dive right in. Matt Warner