- Age Range: 3 - 5 years
- Lexile Measure: AD740L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 64 pages
- Publisher: Two Lions (March 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0761452249
- ISBN-13: 978-0761452249
- Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 10.4 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,030,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hippo Goes Bananas! Hardcover – March 1, 2006
From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1 Readers know from page one of this delightfully silly cumulative tale that Hippo has a toothache, but his friends have no idea what is bothering him. Cuckoo Bird runs off to tell Monkey that Hippo is going bananas and is knocking down every tree in the jungle and Monkey runs off to tell Leopard, etc. By the time all of the animals reach Hippo, the story is that he is flooding the Serengeti with trees. His pals decide that the agitated creature has skeeter fever and needs to be cooled off in the river, so they give him a great big HEAVE-HO PUSH…. In two energetic vertical spreads, Hippo thumps and klumps down the mountainside into the water, where, finally, out pops the offending molar. The toothache is gone, but now the protagonist has a headache…. O'Malley's marker-and-colored-pencil drawings are goofy and expressive, with a variety of perspectives ranging from a close-up of Hippo's mouth, to a furiously dashing parade of animals, to the split panels of Hippo's bumpy trip down the mountain. This is great fun as a read-aloud for storytime or one-on-one sharing, and beginning readers will enjoy it as well. Shelley B. Sutherland, Niles Public Library District, IL
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One morning, hippo wakes up with a toothache and it hurts so much that he spins in a circle and crashes into a tree. Cuckoo Bird sees this extraordinary behavior and she flies off to tell Monkey. Of course, as so often happens when a story is told, things get rather exaggerated. Cuckoo Bird tells Monkey that Hippo is “knocking down every tree in the jungle,” and for good measure she adds “and…kicking them off the cliff.” Monkey runs off to tell Leopard the news, who hears that Hippo is not only knocking down all the trees and kicking them off the cliff, but he is also “rolling them into the river.” By the time Zebra hears about this calamity, the story is that Hippo has knocked down the trees, thrown them off a cliff, rolled them into the river, which is now dammed up so that the Serengeti is flooding! What on earth are the animals going to do about Hippo and his bizarre behavior? What will happen to their world if he is allowed to run amok? Children are sure to laugh out loud when they see how Hippo’s story grows and grows as it is retold again and again. They will also laugh when they see how the problem is resolved and what happens in the end. With comical illustrations and an amusing story, this board book is sure to be a big hit with young children. -Marya Jansen-Gruber, Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Review --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Beginning: Hippo has a toothache.
Middle: The animals push him to the water.
End: His head aches.
I think the book is adorable and the animals are beautifully drawn. We have read it 5 times already since me buying it, so that's two days. I think it held the interest of my daughter. :) So definitely, a 5 star book for me.
Word of mouth between jungle animals on Hippo's toothache go wild with the story getting greatly distorted. But it ends kind of weird as the jungle animals roll him off a cliff to cool him off. I was a bit put of by this as it was kind of violent and the story line never got around to mentioning about the fibs on why Hippo was going bananas. I think it give a child a wrong impression about exaggerations and how to solve a problem. Rolling a hippo down a cliff does not solve a problem even if his tooth pops out.
One very positive thing about this book is the illustrations as they are top notch. Very nice and the characters show emotions on the pages.
It's okay for kids as long as they know this is just a story and fibbing or exaggerating is not okay.
The morale of the story revolves around not inventing details to make gossip more interesting. The children will readily see the folly of adding to a story, and perhaps come to understand that 1) lying is wrong, and 2) gossiping is wrong.
I recommend this for the library of kids from age 2 on up, until they can read for themselves. Once they move on to Chapter Books they likely will lose interest in this, but that still leaves a period of several years during which "Hippo Goes Bananas" will be entertaining and educational.
He returned a few days later with reviews from his first-grade classmates and their teacher, Vivian Schroeder, at University Elementary in Bloomington, Indiana. Writing individual reviews in pencil on notebook pages, nine of 11 classmates gave the book five stars, one gave it four and another gave it three.
"Several students didn't catch the `telephone' aspect of what was happening each time a different animal told Hippo's story," said Schroeder. "They just take it at a literal level, so you can get some great imagery until you realize none of those horrible things happened. Hippo just has a toothache until the accidental solution at the end."
That ending prompted the four-star assessment from one young reviewer, who wrote, "I don't like the end. The story does not tell how giraffe, leopard, elephant and everybody else helped Hippo with the headache."
The book's three-star assessment came from a discerning young reader who elaborated in a note calling HIPPO GOES BANANAS "a really good book." Because she had heard the story before, she said it was not a surprise to her.
One youngster summarized his five-star rating with the note: "I think the story is excellent because Hippo knocks down the trees. To me, Hippo is very funny."
Adding my observation, I used the book as an opportunity to discuss and explain the dangers of gossip when I first helped Truman read it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
my son picked it out to read for his bedtime story, because he thought it looked silly, and really funny.Published 17 days ago by Kindle Customer
Although I find the story a bit drawn out and to repetitive, my child finds it funny and cute. It is an easy read which garners a laugh though. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Janna
This such a cute story with colorful illustrations which enhance the storyline. This story shows how one tale can turn into another when repeated. Read morePublished 2 months ago by BG
My 3yr old son enjoy this! It was a wonderful book!
We will definitely read this book all summer. Sb
I big hit with my 5 year old; she really loved the title, and often asks me to read it as one of her 4 books at bedtime. Read morePublished 4 months ago by ComeBackKid
A good and exciting story. It was silly and hilarious. Violet is almost four and loved it. Super, super, super. [Violet dictated this review to me.]Published 18 months ago by Michael Bierbauer