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Nov 14 2018

Ho! Ho! Ho! There's a hippopotamus on our roof eating Christmas cake by Hazel Edwards

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Ill. by Deborah Niland. Penguin Random House, 2018. ISBN 9780143790679
(Age: 3-6) Recommended Themes: Christmas. There are quite a few Hippopotamus books in this series now and this latest one follows the same signature style that has made the books so popular over many years. Short sentences, noisy words and big bold illustrations bring the hippo on the roof to life and let children's imaginations run wild. This time he brings all the fun of Christmas: baking a Christmas cake, writing a Christmas list (the hippo's list is very long and full of cake), dancing, decorating the Christmas tree (hippo's tree has cake of course, making gingerbread, wrapping presents, turning on the Christmas lights, dressing up in Santa suits (hippo's outfit is complete with Christmas nail art), singing carols, and leaving treats out for Santa and the reindeer.
The illustrations are filled with such fun and children will delight in pointing out what hippo is doing and laughing at his antics. This will remind parent readers of the joy and fun children find in preparing for a family Christmas and will appeal to all fans of the hippo, new and old. It is an absolute delight and perfect for Aussie kids.
Nicole Nelson

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