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The Hiccupotamus Hardcover – September 1, 2009
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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.
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!
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.Read more ›
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Fun and very entertaining kept the attention of a three year oldPublished 11 days ago by deborah a smith
My granddaughter loves it, but you must have the acting and expressions for the child.Published 16 days ago by ak
A fun and silly book to read to your kids or grand kids. We love it. I would recommend it to anyone.Published 19 days ago by Anny Membreno
Loved this book! It was so cute! Read this book twice because we love it so much. Perfect for little and big kids.Published 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
I love love love to read books with my daughter. We ordered this book when she was two and it was an instant success. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kristi Wilson