In this fun story, Hippo flies a plane so his friends, Pig, Dog, and Cat can parachute. Pig and Cat think it is okay, but Cat is scared. He feels better when he is floating down, but then they see the swamp below with alligators waiting for them. Cat calls for Hippo to help as the alligators look up and say, "Lunch!" The alligators set a table with plates and glasses in the water only to find that it is really Hippo's back. The alligators run away, and Hippo's friends land safely on his back. Then it's "Three Cheers for Hippo!" Very short sentences on each page encourage independent reading for young children. Most pages have a short dialogue in bubbles that bring even more fun to the humorous antics. Cute and simple illustrations add to the book's appeal. Young children will love the exciting adventures of these adorable characters.
PreS-Gr 2 Like his previous easy read er adventures starring Snail (Hooray for Snail 1984 and Snail Saves the Day 1985, both Crowell), Stadler once again hits his mark with Three Cheers for Hip po! His newest hero, Hippo, teaches Dog, Pig, and the nervous Cat to sky dive, reassuring them repeatedly, ``Don't worry!'' Even Cat has to admit that floating through the air with an open chute is, ``Not Bad!'' It is only when they are about to land in a swamp full of hungry ``gators'' that the trio calls once again for Hippo, who, of course, comes to the rescue. The simple and far-fetched story, told with just a 70-word vocabu lary, is very slight indeed. But the bright ly colored ink and wash cartoon draw ings framed on each page with plenty of white space are humorous and appeal ing. The single declarative sentence at the bottom of each page in extra bold type makes the book accessible to the very earliest readers. Luann Toth, Summit Free Public Library, N.J.