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Hippopotamister

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Title:    Hippopotamister
Author:   John Patrick Green
Series:  —
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.

Rating:  ****

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

“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.

 

Comments:

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by on June 8, 2016 in Funny, Graphic Novels, Juv

 

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The Wonderful Habits of Rabbits

Wonderful habits of rabbits cover

Title:   The Wonderful Habits of Rabbits
Author:   Douglas Florian
Series:   —
Recommended for:   Preschoolers, kindergarteners, elementary school students.  College students who need a poem in picture book form.

Pages:   32 p.
Call Number/Link:  E Florian, D.

Rating:   ****

 

Synopsis:

Join a family of rabbits as they have all kinds of fun throughout the day.

Comments:

Hurray!  A book for college children’s lit students who need a poem in picture book form!!!  I am so glad that poet Douglas Florian decided to publish a picture book this year.

Actually, I think it deserves a little more enthusiasm.

Hip Hip Hurray!!!

The students could use it for these project themes:  rabbits, seasons, nature, animals, family, a day from beginning to end, activities, habits

It is also a great choice for preschoolers, kindergarteners and elementary school students.  (It could also work for older students doing a poetry unit and anyone who likes poetry and/or picture books.)

 

 

 
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Posted by on April 29, 2016 in Picture Books

 

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A Hungry Lion, or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals

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Title:    A Hungry Lion, or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals
Author:   Lucy Ruth Cummins
Series:  —
Recommended for:  students in grade school and up who aren’t especially fond of cute little animals
Pages:   32 p.
Call Number/Link:  E CUMMINS, L.

Rating:  ****

 

 

Synopsis:

Members of a large group of animals, including a penguin, two rabbits, and a koala, disappear at an alarming rate but the hungry lion remains.

Comments:

This one is best for bigger kids who will not mind its food chain theme. (In other words, I don’t recommend using it for preschool storytime.)

Not for the very sensitive, or those who are especially fond of cute little animals.

But yes – I laughed.

 

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2016 in Funny, Picture Books

 

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Where’s Walrus? and Penguin?

Where's WalrusTitle: Where’s Walrus? and Penguin?
Author: Stephen Savage
Series: Where’s Walrus?
Recommended for: Preschool and up
Pages: 32 pages
Call Number/Link:  E SAVAGE, S.

Synopsis:When Walrus and his friend Penguin escape from the zoo, Will the zookeeper must find them.  

This is the second book in this wordless book series.  I love this series, I picked up the first book during my youngest sons’ walrus phase.  We love poring over the pictures to see how walrus and penguin hide from the zoo keeper.  The fun about a wordless book is you can create your own story.  The story doesn’t have to be the same each time you read. Also, children like to take a turn making up the story.  It is also a great time seeing your child’s mind at work.

 

 
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Posted by on August 31, 2015 in Picture Books, Wordless

 

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