The Resource Hippos are huge!
- Hippos are huge!
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- Jonathan London ; illustrated by Matthew Trueman
- Hippos may make you laugh, but watch out! An acclaimed naturalist takes an exuberant look at these massive, swift, and super dangerous animals. What's the deadliest animal in Africa? It's not 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!
- ALA Notable Children's Book, 2016
- /* Starred Review */ PreS-Gr 2 — With gorgeous mixed-media illustrations and accessible, engaging language, this picture book will spur interest in the world of hippos. Trueman's vivid images take advantage of every inch of available space to convey the size of these creatures, and the "Isn't this cool?" tone of London's text keeps readers hooked. Two types of text appear on each page: larger print encompasses the main narrative full of fascinating facts (ideal for reading aloud), while smaller print presents drier statistics and additional facts of interest. With a focus on high-interest details—such as a spread featuring two bull hippos flinging dung at each other in warning—this title stands out. VERDICT A solid nonfiction read-aloud.—Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD --Kathleen Kelly MacMillan (Reviewed February 1, 2015) (School Library Journal, vol 61, issue 2, p121)
- Hippos are huge, graceful and dangerous, as depicted in this colorful, informative book for the youngest naturalists.From the cover image of a hippo's gaping maw and the pink endpapers resembling the interior of the hippo's mouth, readers understand that they will be immersed in details about the unusual creature. Bold claims about its characteristics and prowess appear in big type. The conversational narrative asks questions and directs readers' attention. Additional fascinating facts appear in a smaller font. It begins with the declaration that hippos are HUGE: "They can weigh as much as fifty men," or 4 tons. Hippos are fast on land and in water. They can bite a crocodile in half. And although children will undoubtedly giggle upon learning that bulls begin their battles by standing rump to rump batting balls of dung at each other (SPLAT! SPLOP!), the point that the fight can be ferocious is well-made. Mixed-media illustrationsâ€”which vary from double-page spreads to spot artâ€”add to the free-flowing style and highlight the hippo's mottled skin and mostly watery habitat. The combined effect is a playful, clever introduction to the hippo that works for read-alouds or independent study. (index, author's note) (Informational picture book. 4-8)(Kirkus Reviews, January 1, 2015)
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