Overview

The poems in this book tell stories of animals and nature, from two sweaty hippos, a smiling lizard and some creepy crawlers to a few tricky dandelions. At the end of each poem, find out more in an interview with a key character or a list of fascinating facts.
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What a Hippopota-Mess!

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Overview

The poems in this book tell stories of animals and nature, from two sweaty hippos, a smiling lizard and some creepy crawlers to a few tricky dandelions. At the end of each poem, find out more in an interview with a key character or a list of fascinating facts.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Katie DeWald
The title poem sets the reader off on a wild hippo ride introducing Pete and Sal, who happen to be very messy hippos who leave a layer of pink sweat all over their young friend's room. In the subsequent interview with Pete and Sal, the reader discovers that hippo sweat is actually pinkish-red and that hippopotami eat plants and grasses which then rot in their stomachs, giving them bad breath. The first poem, like the others in the book, is delightfully silly and fictional, yet disarmingly chock full of factual information. Skene dishes out more facts about various creatures of the natural world in an appealing interview format following each poem. This wacky poetry book includes entries about two messy hippopotami, creepy crawly critters, a lizard called Smiling Jack, information about how a tree changes throughout the year, Blue Muckles Brown the moose, and mischievous dandelions. Young readers will be mesmerized by Skene's delightfully ridiculous rhymes and entranced by the incredible facts about real live beasts. Kids will shriek with delight and wonder at Skene's angle on the gross, tricky, and unusual behaviors of her fictional and nonfictional characters. Skene delivers a truly pleasing poetry book that is smart, irresistible, and loads of fun.
CM Magazine
"A terrific book for kids...funny and informative—great to read aloud in a classroom setting. Highly recommended."
Canadian Book Review Annual
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554697755
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/1/2006
  • Series: Orca Echoes Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 610L (what's this?)
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Before writing, Pat Skene had a 25 year banking career as vice-president at CIBC in Toronto. In her new life as an author and storyteller, Pat often visits schools and libraries to spin her tales. Pat lives in Cobourg, Ontario where she writes a syndicated newspaper story page for children. She is also a member of CANSCAIP and The Writer's Union of Canada.

Graham Ross is a graduate of the illustration program at Sheridan College in Ontario. When in Ottawa Graham began his freelance illustration and graphic design career, a career that has spawned illustrations for such publishers as Orca Book Publishers, Scholastic Canada, and Meadowside Books of the United Kingdom, as well as numerous Canadian government agencies and private design firms. He lives in Merrickville, Ontario with his family.

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Read an Excerpt

I saw two hippopotami,

when they were peeking water-high.

One hippo seemed a friendly guy,

but not for very long!

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