PreS-1-- If you are expecting a great new rendition of the classic ``jumping on the bed'' rhyme, this could disappoint. One by one, seven anthropomorphized hippos suffer Saturday-morning-cartoon-style injuries crashing through the roof, out the window, etc., while jumping on the bed. Their mother, badly in need of assertiveness training, does nothing but panic and call the doctor, but the children continue to ignore his prescription--``No more little hippos jumping on the bed.'' Bandaged and looking contrite, the younger family members finally seem settled, but no sooner has the doctor driven off than they start a jumping frenzy that literally brings down the house. Right down to the final surprise which makes the little hippos seem rather thick-headed after all their injuries, this book offers a lot of goofiness and not much story. Such a well-loved rhyme deserves more than greeting-card art, even though the illustrations do have their funny moments. The predictable plot, bright colors, and simple counting theme may redeem this title for libraries short on unbridled silliness. --Lisa S. Murphy, Dauphin County Library System, Harrisburg, PA
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date: 1/21/2014
Age range: 3 - 6 Years
Meet the Author
Known as the Riddle King of America, Mike Thaler is the author of the popular Black Lagoon books and the Heaven and Mirth series. He lives in Portland, Oregon, and travels nationally, speaking in schools, libraries, and churches.
Jared Lee is an accomplished illustrator with experience working for the likes of L.L. Bean, Procter and Gamble, Hasbro, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, and the U.S. Postal Service. He received a BFA degree from the John Herron Art Institute. He currently resides in Lebanon, Ohio.