Hippos Go Berserk!

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Here is the classic Boynton counting story in a sturdy, board book version.
Perfect for travel time, bedtime, or PARTY TIME!

Larger and larger groups of hippos join a lone hippopotamus for a party.

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Overview

Here is the classic Boynton counting story in a sturdy, board book version.
Perfect for travel time, bedtime, or PARTY TIME!

Larger and larger groups of hippos join a lone hippopotamus for a party.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Happening hippos And for a merrier look at oversized animals, Sandra Boynton's Hippos Go Berserk!, first published in 1977, is reissued in a larger format with new colors. In this counting book, the phone call of one lonely hippo initiates a party: "One hippo, all alone,/ calls two hippos on the phone," and the number of guests snowballs. Boynton's cheerful artwork, familiar from the greeting cards she has designed as well as from numerous books, is as well suited for children as for mirth-minded adults.
Kirkus Reviews
Hippos Go Berserk (, paper Oct. 1, 1996; 32 pp.; 0- 689-80854-2, paper 0-689-80818-6): A 20-year-old counting book gets new illustrations featuring, once again, the solitary hippo who invites two friends to what becomes a wild party as groups of three, then four hippos (up to nine) arrive and then depart. Large numerals appear in the corners of the appropriate pages, where the hippos, wearing wonderfully varied expressions, cavort on large expanses of cheery color. Some of the humor will register only with adults, e.g., a hippo portrait pays homage to Whistler. Most of the fun will make perfect sense to preschoolers; give this to a slightly younger audience than those who love Jeff Sheppard's The Right Number of Elephants (1990).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689834349
  • Publisher: Little Simon
  • Publication date: 5/1/2000
  • Edition description: BOARD
  • Pages: 16
  • Sales rank: 86,596
  • Age range: 1 - 2 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.92 (w) x 6.18 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra Boynton

Sandra Boynton is a popular American humorist, songwriter, children’s author, and illustrator. Boynton has written and illustrated more than forty books for both children and adults, as well as more than four thousand greeting cards and four music albums. She has designed—for various companies—calendars, wallpaper, bedding, stationery, paper goods, clothing, jewelry, and plush toys.

Sandra Boynton is a popular American humorist, songwriter, children’s author, and illustrator. Boynton has written and illustrated more than forty books for both children and adults, as well as more than four thousand greeting cards and four music albums. She has designed—for various companies—calendars, wallpaper, bedding, stationery, paper goods, clothing, jewelry, and plush toys.

Biography

In the 1980s, it was hard to enter a gift shop without seeing Sandra Boynton's name. Her humorous pen-and-watercolor cartoons of hippos, ewes, and her famous turkeys (you know, symbolizing the human ones in life who can get you down) were emblazoned on cards, mugs, stickers, stationery...and of course, her wonderful, wacky books, the first of which was 1979's Hippos Go Berserk! .

Boynton began her career as a greeting card illustrator with aspirations of theater directing; but having a family changed her focus, and she began devoting herself full-time to art. Her board books, filled with goofy animal illustrations and rhyming verse, are toddler staples. But their appeal to adults is undeniable, and she has also written a number of humor books for the general public.

Given the rhythmic, buoyant style of her writing, it was only natural that Boynton would become involved in companion music to her books. From the '90s on, several of her titles included accompanying CDs, culminating in the 2002 release of Philadelphia Chickens, a CD-book extravaganza written with composer Michael Ford and featuring musical performances by several high-profile stars.

Who knows what lies ahead for this irrepressible force of nature? If there's one thing Sandra Boynton has proved in the course of her remarkably diverse career, it's that she's not lost her capacity to surprise us. (Thank heavens!)

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    1. Hometown:
      "Somewhere in rural Connecticut"
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 3, 1953
    2. Place of Birth:
      Orange, New Jersey
    1. Education:
      B.A., Yale University, 1974; attended University of California--Berkeley Drama School and Yale Drama School

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2003

    Best Boynton Book Ever

    This is easily my favorite Boynton book. It is merry and clever and it contains hippos and the word 'berserk'. It's also a great counting book.I buy it for all of my favorite little people.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 12, 2014

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    This one and "But Not the Hippopotamus" kill me.  LOVE

    This one and "But Not the Hippopotamus" kill me.  LOVE SANDRA BOYNTON!

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  • Posted January 20, 2014

    My favorite gift for new parents!

    I always send books for new babies to start their libraries right away. This is one of my favorites, and is always a hit with parents and eventually with the little ones. Highly recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2012

    My son loves this book!!

    My son is 17 months and he loves this book! Everytime I read it he laughs and asks for me or my husband to read it again and again. It is one of his favorites. I would give this book to anyone with a small child because the illustrations get their attention and the voices you can use while reading it just make it more fun.

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  • Posted March 14, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    All the babies go beserk

    This book is one of our daughter's favorite two books. She's 5 1/2 months old now and she loves this book. When we get to the central line, "all the hippos go beserk," our daughter laughs and smiles. In fact, anytime we're playing or talking to her, we just have to say that line and she starts to laugh.

    I read it to my 3 month niece when we were babysitting and she loves it as well.

    We experiment with different voices for each number of hippos, and we point out the small details, i.e. bowtie, party hats, flowers. As she grows, we hope it helps her to be an engaged and observant reader. But for now, she just loves to hear this book.

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  • Posted August 17, 2009

    Love Sandra's books

    As an adult, I enjoy reading Sandra's books as much as the kids.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2008

    Yes. A definite must have.

    Together with 'Bears in the Night,' this is a book that continues to be fun to read because you and your child can read it in a multitude of animated voices.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2004

    Perfect

    My son loves this book so much that when I lost one on a plane flight, I felt compelled to buy it again. He is ADDICTED to it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2003

    Wonderful!!!

    This book is a fantastic counting book. So fun, in fact, you forget you are even counting!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2002

    My favorite book from childhood, and still charming

    Looking at _Hippos Go Berserk_ even now, I can't help smiling. Great for kids, and Boynton fan parents will enjoy it as well. A good new-baby gift as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2002

    Fantastic!

    This is a great book, very cute and clever and the characters are endearing. I recommend it completely.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2002

    A Must Have!

    Help your child learn to count and have a great time in the process - the hippos are adorable and so funny!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2000

    Readers Go Berserk!

    This is a MUST read and MUST have book. We've read it countless times and are stilled charmed by the Hippos.

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