“With gorgeous mixed-media illustrations and accessible, engaging language, this picture book will spur interest in the world of hippos.” — School Library Journal (starred review)
The deadliest animal in Africa isn’t the lion or the crocodile — it’s the hippopotamus! Hippos have razor-sharp tusks, weigh as much as fifty men, and can run twenty-five miles per hour. Follow these hefty hulks as they glide underwater, play tug-of-war, swat balls of dung at one another, and nuzzle their young in the mud. Just don’t get too close — they could chomp you in two!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The nonfiction book teaches children about Africa’s most dangerous animal, the hippopotamus. My two year old brother was amazed by the bright colors, semi-intelligent word choice, and subject. Meanwhile, my mother, sister, and I guffawed at the questionable choice of information the book shows children, detailing in a child friendly way hippo reproduction for several pages. It also less intelligibly discusses hippo dung and its horrible, wafting odor. On the bright side, it denotes the dangerous nature of the animal, mentioning its battles and jaw size. In the end, the book is one of the best books I’ve read that can entertain tweens; children; toddlers; and parents simultaneously, but contains questionable content. Charles M, 11, Richmond Mensa