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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 - 2 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions; 1 edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761456228
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761456223
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (411 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...It's hard to say what's better: the whimsical, rhyming text or the beautiful colored-pencil illustrations....with funny results. --San Diego Union-Tribune, January 28, 2006

About the Author

Aaron Zenz lives in Spring Lake, Michigan.

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Customer Reviews

I have a 2 year old son and he absolutely loves this book!
miz_cox
This was a cute book, my kids loved it and I enjoyed reading it to them.
Gale
The illustrations are cute and the rhyming story is fun to read.
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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Scott Collier on October 14, 2005
Format: Hardcover
What happens when a purple rotund hippontimus has hiccups so fearce they blast everything and everyone around him into flight? Humor, that's what.

Author and illustrator Aaron Zenz presents a whimsical rhyme of epic proportions in his first children's picture book "The Hiccupontamus." Beautifully illustrated, and in a Dr. Suess-like manner, the story creates many words that would send Daniel Webster reeling.

"There was a hippopotamus

Who hiccupped quite-a-lotamus

And every time he got'emus

He'd fall upon his bottomus."

Zenz rendered all of the humorous cartoon illustrations using colored pencils, using 119 in all. The Spring Lake, Michigan resident holds an art degree from Hillsdale College. "The Hiccupotamus" took eight years to complete and is published by Chicago-based Dogs In Hats Children's Publishing.

The printing quality of the book is ultra-professional and brings out Zenz' pressure-applied pencils to vibrant life. It is often a competitive page quandary for the reader which to love most; the story or the drawings. The chemistry between text and pictures is remarkable, and rivals the best children's books ever published.

Aaron Zenz enjoys communicating with kids of all ages through art lessons to home schooled children and Sunday School classes. His outreach to children can only grow with this jewel of a book.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Megan, a stay at home mom on January 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
My 3 yr. old son received this book for his birthday and he and his 17 mo. old sister LOVE it. They want to read it all the time, at least 3 times in a row. They love making the 'Hic' sound for the Hippo and his friends, and my son can already fill in the blanks of the story with the silly words! He also sits and reads it aloud to himself saying, 'Hic' at every page. We love this fun and whimsical book! The pictures are so beautifully detailed and engaging, the kids stare at them at length. A book definitely worth your time and money if you have small children.
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39 of 46 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on May 18, 2006
Format: Hardcover
There is only one sure-fire way to get rid of the hiccups. You take a glass of water, you put a terry cloth towel over the top, and then you drink the water through the towel as slowly as possible. So it was with some sadness that I saw that "Hiccupotamus" (say THAT five times fast) did not contain that particular cure. Oh, it contained plenty more, often in twisted array of combinations. The product of a small time press (Dogs In Hats Children's Publishing, anyone?), this is one of those rather enjoyable picture books that defy the notion that a publishing house must be grand and grotesque to produce anything good. Colorful, deeply amusing (both visually and in the text), and more fun than it truly deserves to be, "Hiccupotamus" won me over in spite of myself. I don't usually go for picture books of this stripe, but it's hard to resist the sheer charm that makes up this pretty little book.

In rhyming verse we learn of the dire fate of an adorable purple hippopotamus. He got the hiccups, "quite-a-lotamus". At first he doesn't do much about the fact. Unfortunately, that means startling other creatures around and about him. An angry elephant starts chasing him once he disturbs her cake and cupcake dining. She's joined soon thereafter by a "centipede pouring new cementipede" and even by a rhinoceros. "... And that was the last strawcerous". Hiccup cures are employed, but they're doubled up for maximum effectiveness. This means, "They acquired an aquarium / And flashed him something scaryum". In the end, the hiccups are gone but seemingly have transferred to the elephant, centipede, and rhino instead. The last image we have in the book is of a revenge-minded hippo with a book entitled, "FIX HICS" clutched tightly in his hot little hands.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kids Lit on August 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The Hiccupotamus by Aaron Zenz is a vibrant picture book filled with a sense of humor that bounces off of the pages along with the colors. A hippo has a severe case of the hiccups and accidentally angers an elephant by hiccuping nearby. She chases after him and on the way they encounter a whole group of animals bothered by his hiccups. The text is done in a rollicking rhyme that will appeal to toddlers and preschoolers as well as the adults reading and listening. This book is quite simply a lot of fun. I would save it to pull out and brighten a rainy day.

For adults, Zenz's humor continues onto the final page of the book with the Cast Bios. My favorite is that "the part of the buffalo was played by a groundsquirrel named Arlo." For librarians, check out the subject headings, all rights reserved statement and other funny bits on the copyright page. Laugh-out-loud funny!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By a reviewer, a mom of 5 on March 31, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I heard this book read at story time with my 3 year old and was just as engaged as she was. The rhymes are cute and funny, and the length of the book was just right to hold her attention (although I was personally wishing it would go on a little longer, because it was so entertaining).
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A. Lebel on September 20, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book for my son through Scholastic Weekly Reader. It had an interesting cover although it was pink I thought I'll buy it anyway. When he brought it home from school we sat down immediately and began to read it. We were belly laughing so hard that I could hardly finish the book. I highly recommend this book. It's a great, fun, enjoyable, fantastic, quick and jazzy little read. Definately brings a smile to any face young or old.
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