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The Hippo Hop Hardcover – September 9, 1995

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Waiting is a big part of childhood. Waiting in line, waiting to grow up, waiting for something special to happen. However, now a child sets the stage and pulls the strings in a timeless, heartfelt picture book about imaginative play, friendship, and surprises. Paperback | More for ages 3-5

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From Publishers Weekly

As this festive rhyming picture book begins, a polite hippopotamus in tropical attire ushers readers into a jungle hot spot, a pink shack called the Hippo Hop. Behind its curtained doorway, smiling capybara waiters and a simian hostess hover expectantly. Before long, the Hop fills with "yaks on sax," elephants playing trombones, snakes shaking maracas, even a dancing wildebeest who clutches a rose in her teeth. Almost every animal wears round beatnik glasses, and every one of them is in motion. At evening's end, the music grows mellow, and the staff cleans up in preparation for the next night, when the fun begins all over again. Loomis (One Cow Coughs) names numerous types in her toe-tapping narrative, inviting readers to scan each crowded spread for the spotlighted animals ("Zebras get jamming/ On the ivory keys,/Monkeys bang congas/In the coconut trees"). Westcott (Round and Round Again) tones down her sometimes bubblegummy palette, using bright watercolors and twirly lines to intensify the visual rhythms. The jitterbug-jump art and text make a great pair-Loomis and Westcott really know how to throw a party. Ages 4-7.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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PreSchool-K?While this book has a lot going for it?a lively rhyming text accompanied by cut-loose, colorful watercolors?the overall thrust of the story is slim. Cartoon animals of all shapes and sizes, from snakes to tapirs and wildebeests to zebras, converge on the Hippo Hop, a swinging nightclub where the expansive stage is full of local talent and the aisles brim with dancing fools. "They tap,/they snap,/they clap?then stop./They leave by twos/From the Hippo Hop." Then, it's time to clean up and rest so that the music can begin once again. The bright double-page spreads and the rowdy, smiling beasts will attract young audiences. The text, on the other hand, merely sets the stage for the illustrations. Among other things, thoughtful readers will question whether it's really true that "The sound gets heat/When the tapirs tap."?Martha Topol, Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City, MI
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Hardcover: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin; Library Binding edition (September 9, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395697026
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395697023
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #376,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 27, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Can't think of enough accolades for this one. The text is funny for both kids and adults and the pictures really convey the movement of the words. Lots of funky animals thrown in (including the capybara waiters), all of them having a great time ("The apes play bass / A crocodile croons / With an all-girl band / Of blue baboons"). I have even read this book after my kids were asleep.
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One of our favorite books for our 2 year old who loves music. Lively, colorful and very fun (for kids and parents). Good lyrical, rhyming book with typically cute pictures by Westcott. Good survey of different types of instruments and excellent variety of animals (how often does one come across a capybara or tapir in a children's fiction story!); accessible for a young child's cognitive level without dumbing down. One of my favorite music theme books for young children (second only to "Mole Music" and slightly better than "Zin, Zin, Zin, A Violin".) Even at [this price], definitely worth having for all young children, not just music and animal lovers.
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By L. terHeide on April 29, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I picked this up at the library for my 20 month old, and she glommed onto it instantly. She wants it read 5 to 20 times a day, and walks around the house going "Hippo Hop, Hippo Hop [by the]light [of the] moon". The text is rhythmic and happy, and my little one loves to name all the animals. She hasn't liked a book this much since "Hippos Go Berserk" (hmm, a theme developing here?)
Grandma read it to her recently and pointed out that the underlying messages were very positive- i.e. when the animals leave "by twos" (after dancing all night) the mole leaves with a frog, and the wildebeest has been dancing with a zebra.
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By JW on February 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
I loved the paintings; colorful and exuberant. I loved the rhyming text; it's wonderfully musical. i loved the story; it's snappy and upbeat. And I loved the messages; beings of all sorts have different roles at the hippo hop, and they can pair up with those who are like and unlike them. And then the next day, they can all do it again.

I love several of my daughter's books, but I think this is the best of them all!
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By pat klaus on March 23, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is the absolute best book! My four year old and two year old laugh so hard over this book, and we talk about it constantly - which "guys" we like best, what instruments they're playing, how they're dancing, what a mess they're making, who's friends with whom, who's leaving with whom, etc. We LOVE it!
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