The Hiccupotamus

The Hiccupotamus

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by Aaron Zenz

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A hippopotamus with a bad case of the hiccups


A hippopotamus with a bad case of the hiccups

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Alison F. Solove
The poor hippopotamus cannot get rid of his hiccups—and they're driving the other animals crazy! First, he surprises the elephant and makes her drop her birthday cake. Then he shocks the centipede and ruins a whole day's hard work. Finally, he startles the rhinoceros so much that he tangles all the animals in his dental floss. That's the last straw! All the other animals try everything to help the hippo get rid of his hiccups, from wrapping him in licorice to tying him to an angry buffalo. Their solutions get sillier and sillier, but nothing seems to work. Just when the hippos' hiccups finally stop and it looks like everything is going to be okay, the other animals catch the hiccups, too! Zenz's story is delightfully ridiculous and full of strange, nonsense words that kids will love to try out on their own. The colorful, pastel drawings nicely highlight the humor of the tale. Children who enjoy Dr. Seuss or other silly rhymes are sure to enjoy this book. Reviewer: Alison F. Solove
Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
Bodily functions, very much including hiccups, are a source of endless fascination—to say nothing of imitation—that can immediately engage children in preschool and kindergarten. Zenz's fun-for-the-tongue rhymes and wonderfully exaggerated illustrations bring out the playful nature of the text. They are done in color pencils with a predominance of pleasing shades of yellow and purple. The trials and tribulations experienced by the hero of this tale—a hippopotamus who hiccupped quite-a-lotamus, promises to be appealing with its exuberant over-the-top rhymes, as these few lines indicate: "His hiccups, so severeacle, / Just didn't reappearacle! / He grinned from ear to earacle." Aside from the clear appeal and the potential for developing phonemic awareness in young children, any adults who have agonized over baby hiccups or tried old wives tales remedies will love this book. It is a great addition to classroom and home libraries. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry
Kirkus Reviews
"There was a hippopotamus / Who hiccupped quite-a-lotamus / And every time he got'emus... / . . . He'd fall upon his bottomus." This hippo's hiccups disturb a yellow elephant, who chases him into a centipede's construction zone. Elephant and centipede chase poor hippo past a flossing rhino, and everyone gets tangled up in the dental floss. Deciding to be less angry and more the good Samaritans, they give up the chase. "They tried to find a therapy- / Some cure which they could shareapy, / A what or why or whereapy / To stop this long nightmareapy." The group tries spinning, paper bags, scaring, submersion and vinegar until...a miracle! Hippo's hiccups are cured...but he seems to have passed them on. Bright, pudgy, round-eyed cartoon illustrations rendered in colored pencil are an apt match for the goofy slapstick of the text. Illustrator Zenz's first solo outing is Seussian silliness for the storytime set. The final page features cast biographies with humor aimed at grown-up readers. Fun for all. (Picture book. 2-7)

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Amazon Childrens Publishing
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Board Buddies Series
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.80(d)
AD540L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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The Hiccupotamus 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Roo-Mom More than 1 year ago
My three-year-old daughter just wandered over to the computer, saw the cover image, and shouted, "The Hiccupotamus! My favorite book!" With delightful, vibrant illustrations and whimsical, Seuss-ian rhymes, this book is sure to be a favorite of your kids as well. And there is humor thrown in for adults as well, in the form of "cast bios" at the end. I work at a bookstore, so I see a lot of picture books; this is the best to come out in years! Thank you Mr. Zenz!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very fun to read! The illustrations are very well done. I would definitely recccommend this to anyone with small children!
bbmommy More than 1 year ago
It's fun to look at the illustration, but too hard to read the words in it. Not recommended.
nanaoftwo More than 1 year ago
This is a must read book when my grandson and I are together. We laugh very hard and consider this "our book".
i-love-a-good-mystery More than 1 year ago
The story is very cute with the made-up rhyming words making this Gramma laugh out loud. The pictures are bright, lively and hold the attention of my 4 month old grand-daughter. This is the first book I've enjoyed as much as I did the Stephen Cosgrove 'Serendipity' series that my daughter had growing up 25 years ago.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best children's books that I've seen in a long time. It is up there with Dr. Seuss and Where the wild things are. Young and old will enjoy this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I heard this book read at story time with my 3 year old today and was just as engaged as she was. The rhymes are cute and funny, and the length of the book was just right to hold her attention (although I was personally wishing it would go on a little longer, because it was so entertaining).
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 3 yr. old son received this book for his birthday last week and he and his 17 mo. old sister LOVE it. They want to read it all the time, at least 3 times in a row. They love making the 'Hic' sound for the Hippo and his friends, and my son can already fill in the blanks of the story with the silly words! He also sits and reads it aloud to himself saying, 'Hic' at every page. We love this fun and whimsical book! The pictures are so beautifully detailed and engaging, the kids stare at them at length. A book definitely worth your time and money if you have small children.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What happens when a purple rotund hippontimus has hiccups so fearce they blast everything and everyone around him into flight? Humor, that¿s what. Author and illustrator Aaron Zenz presents a whimsical rhyme of epic proportions in his first children¿s picture book ¿The Hiccupontamus.¿ Beautifully illustrated, and in a Dr. Suess-like manner, the story creates many words that would send Daniel Webster reeling. ¿There was a hippopotamus Who hiccupped quite-a-lotamus And every time he got¿emus He¿d fall upon his bottomus.¿ Zenz rendered all of the humorous cartoon illustrations using colored pencils, using 119 in all. The Spring Lake, Michigan resident holds an art degree from Hillsdale College. ¿The Hiccupotamus¿ took eight years to complete and is published by Chicago-based Dogs In Hats Children¿s Publishing. The printing quality of the book is ultra-professional and brings out Zenz¿ pressure-applied pencils to vibrant life. It is often a competitive page quandary for the reader which to love most the story or the drawings. The chemistry between text and pictures is remarkable, and rivals the best children¿s books ever published. Aaron Zenz enjoys communicating with kids of all ages through art lessons to home schooled children and Sunday School classes. His outreach to children can only grow with this jewel of a book.