Author: John Patrick Green
Recommended for: early chapter book readers, early readers on the C or D level, listeners ages 4 and older
Pages: 84 p.
Call Number/Link: GN J GREEN, J.
“The zoo isn’t what it used to be. It’s run down, and Hippo hardly ever gets any visitors. So he decides to set off for the outside with his friend Red Panda. To make it in the human world, Hippo will have to become a Hippopotamister: he’ll have to act like a human, get a job, and wear a hat as a disguise. He’s a good employee, whether he’s a construction worker, a hair stylist, or a sous chef. But what he really needs is a job where he can be himself”–Amazon.com.
Hippopotamister is my kind of graphic novel! It strikes me as one or two steps beyond a picture book. Its text is fairly short, but in speech bubbles, and the print is large enough for younger readers. (Happily, the text is also large enough for more aged readers!)
It is the cute, funny story of a red panda and hippopotamus who leave the worn down City Zoo to live amongst the humans. They have a series of jobs, but wind up being fired from each and every one.
Now for the $20,000 question: will they ever find the place where they actually belong?
I think this book will appeal to readers who have a good grasp of sight words and are ready for something a bit more complicated. Listeners ages 4 and up will also enjoy it.