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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Less inspired than his earlier word-play books (Can You Find It?; The Cow That Went OINK), Most's latest introduces five round-faced children who announce, "We are word hunters. We hunt for hidden words." They encounter a hippopotamus, who tells them that he knows where they can find many words. Busy cartoon art and simple text depict their search through the jungle; on each page a selected word or two (made up of letters found in the word "hippopotamus") is presented in bold type in the text, then enlarged and repeated in the forefront of the pictured scene. The remaining letters of "hippopotamus" are found in the background of the illustration. Although the volume encourages kids to look for words within words, its premise makes for some rather banal sentences ("We found a hoop around a stump") that sound forced. Ages 3-8. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
Mr. Most's infectious wit and delight in wordplay will encourage youngsters to try their own variations on is themes-here and in Pets in Trumpets and Can You Find It. The objective, in this book, is to find all the words that can be made from the letters in hippopotamus.
Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
The hunt mentioned in the title is a word hunt-for words spelled using the letters in "hippopotamus." These words are cleverly woven into a simple story. The illustrations depict a bright jungle and a friendly hippo. This inviting book should inspire children to start their own word hunt, and could be used in a classroom setting to launch a fun exercise.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Most expands on the wordplay in his previous titles in this exploration of some of the combinations that can be formed from the letters in the word ``hippopotamus.'' Five children in pith helmets hunt for words in a jungle; they encounter a hippopotamus who says ``Don't shoot,'' and ``Let's head south,'' and so on. On each page, the letters that are not used to form a new word are shown in the background of the picture. The youngsters and their hippo friend continue on, finding hats, pots, and a hidden path that leads them to a hut- which turns out to be a library-where readers are told they can find the most words. The author's signature colored-marker cartoons in pastel-bright hues are full of detail and cheery faces and each is outlined by a black rule surrounded by white. Reminiscent of Kate Banks's Alphabet Soup (Knopf, 1988), this title can also be combined with Most's Can You Find It? (Harcourt, 1993) for a lesson in the almost limitless possibilities of our alphabet. A deft handling of the concept of words-within-words.-Emily Kutler, Summit Free Public Library, NJ
Mary Harris Veeder
Most honors a vintage classroom game--finding words inside other words. Five children, clad in green and each wearing a pith helmet, stalk a hippo through a pastel-hued, marker-bright jungle filled with plants and creatures bordered in black. Words, derived from the word "hippopotamus", appear large and dark in the jungle setting. Most makes sense of each word the children find by working it into a sentence and a sequential narrative. The game ends with the word hunters exiting with a crate containing 53 words. A book that may inspire youngsters to do some bookmaking of their own.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152345204
  • Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books
  • Publication date: 9/24/1994
  • Edition description: ABR
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.26 (w) x 8.81 (h) x 0.43 (d)

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