But Not the Hippopotamus

But Not the Hippopotamus

by Sandra Boynton

Board Book

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A shy hippo makes a big impact in this Sandra Boynton classic.

Serious silliness for all ages. Artist Sandra Boynton is back and better than ever with completely redrawn versions of her multi-million selling board books. These whimsical and hilarious books, featuring nontraditional texts and her famous animal characters, have been printed on thick board pages, and are sure to educate and entertain children of all ages.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780671449049
Publisher: Little Simon
Publication date: 11/30/1982
Series: Boynton Board Books Series
Pages: 14
Sales rank: 1,211
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 5.70(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: AD390L (what's this?)
Age Range: 1 - 2 Years

About the Author

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.


"Somewhere in rural Connecticut"

Date of Birth:

April 3, 1953

Place of Birth:

Orange, New Jersey


B.A., Yale University, 1974; attended University of California--Berkeley Drama School and Yale Drama School

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But Not the Hippopotamus 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 63 reviews.
Sandrabag More than 1 year ago
My daughter got this as a baby and we read it so much that at age 9 we both can recite it by memory. The perfect blend of humor and rhyme with engaging illustrations. I now love to give it as a gift. It is hard to beat Sandra Boynton for the little ones.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the all time favorite bedtime book at our house. Both of my daughters (now 10 and 17) and myself have it memorized and we refer to it often. I'm getting ready to introduce my nephew to this lovely, engaging, classic book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I used to read this book to my twins when they were little, and we all had it memorized. They're now 18, seniors in high school, and we love to reminisce about reading it. I've lost the book during these many years and moves, but I'm thrilled to have found it at Barnes and Nobel. I plan to buy two copies to give my children as keepsakes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Have read this over and over and over. Coloful and a favoirte of my little one who loves the story and pictures and the fact she can turn the pages. The rhymes are cute and the story is short enough to hold her attention. She has been listening to it since her 1st Birthday.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 16 month old son loves this book,he brings us the book every day before bed and screams with laughter as you turn the last page.Its a very funny book,all our 'grown up' friends love it too!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My daughter and I have enjoyed this book from the time she was 6 months. I recommend it to anyone with a small child. I laugh every time I read it. I love all of Sandra Boynton's board books!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've given this book, along with the other 7 board books from Boynton, to my niece and many of my friends' toddlers as gifts. They are fun to read, perfect for children who get distracted easily and very colorful. My niece, Madisen, consistently says, 'read it again, please.' I especially enjoy 'But Not the Hippopotamus.'
DennieDA More than 1 year ago
Cute, Cute, Cute!! I have the read to me ebook version. Not only does my 2 year old granddaughter love it, most adults will to. This book is a classic!
osujedinurse More than 1 year ago
My 19 month-old absolutely loves this book! The 1st copy finally died of too much use (I know-what a great problem to have!). We have most of the Boynton books, but this is one we read over and over and over again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book! I give it often to young children. It is about inclusion. The book fosters discussion about acceptance and being friends. Extremely important lessons for children.
Happy_readerCA More than 1 year ago
My daughter just loves to say "Hey!" with the same enthusiasm we use when reading this book. We even quote passages from it..."but she just doesn't know...should she stay...should she go? But Yes! the Hippopotamus...but NOT the armadillo! It's the cutest book and fun for the parents as much as for the child. One of our favorite Boynton board books and we must have about eight!
Robinsons_Mom More than 1 year ago
This is our favorite of the Sandra Boynton books. It's a fun read for both the parent and the child and has great repeatability. My husband and I both love reading this book to our son.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 20 month old son loves this book. I love it because he can't rip the pages!! I am always happy with this author, the books are fun for the kids, I don't mind reading it over and over and the pictures are perfect.
Guest More than 1 year ago
On those nights (or afternoons)where you need a quick entertaining, fun book before bedtime, This one is a winner every time. My son has enjoyed this book for over 8 months now, and is excited to see it every time I introduce it again!!!
my624persona on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
All the animals are having fun, but the hippopotamus is left out. What will she do?Another fun board book from Sandra Boynton. Preschoolers will love seeing all the animals and naming them, and of course, laughing at the poor hippopotamus. Boynton's classic simple pictures--solid backgrounds with animals and their activities in the foreground--once again show the expressions of the animals in superficial, but adequate detail to recognize them. Toddlers may enjoy the pictures, and the rhythm and rhyme of the text.
conuly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Poor li'l armadillo. *sniff*There isn't a moral message in this story. A hippo sulks while her friends have fun without her (I always think of the hippo as a girl, anyway) - probably not even noticing that she's there.This is great for hamming it up, with lots of fake sobs as the story goes on.Then she is given her metaphorical engraved invitation and is delighted to join in. And now the armadillo is on the sidelines, probably to have his own (armadillo always seemed like a guy to me) happy ending later.Simple, short story for short kids.
bfertig on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
All time Sandra Boynton fav. The rhyming anti-rhyming is the best part of this one. Also this one gets into some amount of psychology and getting over feelings of being an outsider.
NSCCPSusan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Quick, fun, board book about friendship and inviting someone to play.
crashingwaves38 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I absolutely adore this book, and so do both of my kids. It's fun and light, with a good rhythm and rhyming. And it's just absolutely adorable. I could read this to them over and over again, and never get tired of it. It is easily on my top ten list of children's books.
blue8444 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
We love the Boynton books in our house. This was one of our first. It's goofy and fun. The words are nicely melodic, and I don't mind the silly story. I recommend it for young kids.
nmhale on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book carries many of Boynton's trademarks, with its silly story told in rhyme and cartoon illustrations featuring her lovable animals. All the animals are racing and playing together ... but not the hippopotamus. Boynton is about the happy, though, so the hippopotamus overcomes his fear and joins the gang in the end. The story is cute, although it lacks Boynton's usual lyrical touch. The rhyme isn't bad, but it doesn't flow as smoothly as many of her other stories. The fun factor isn't as high, either, making this book rate low on my Boynton love list. A kudos to the clever joke for adults, though - "not the hippopotamus" because his name doesn't rhyme with any of the other animal names. A good book, but not up to her usual high standards.
tripleblessings on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A board book story about friendship, and about shyness. All the animals are busy doing this and that, but not the hippopotamus, who stands and watches - we don't know why. Finally the others ask her to join in, and with a smile, she suddenly does. I like the way this story gives permission to a child to choose to be an observer or a participant, and to be shy for a while, without being judged by others. Boynton's simple, clear and cheerful illustrations are great for toddlers and preschoolers.
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I purchased this book but turns out you can't open this book on an iPad. No where does it say this so it was a waste of money.