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Hippos Go Berserk! Paperback – November 1, 1996
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All through the hippo night,In clusters of nine, eight, seven, six, and so on, the hippos depart, finally leaving the one hippo "alone once more, [missing] the other forty-four."
Hippos play with great delight.
But at the hippo break of day,
The hippos all must go away.
The well-loved Sandra Boynton wrote this tribute to silliness in 1977, inspiring generations of the very young to learn to count. Lively, cute new illustrations complement this edition, with big numbers (one through nine, and nine through one) boldly placed on the corner of each page. The sturdy board book will withstand lots of eager counting fingers, and maybe even a berserk hippo or two. Boynton's familiar style can be seen in scads of other delightfully nonsensical titles, including Barnyard Dance! and Moo, Baa, La La La!. (Ages 3 to 7) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
We've come to expect Boynton's wonderfully whimsical, rounded style, but she adds several humorous details (e.g. a hippo dancing on the roof), and very cleverly associates the numbers with the hippos. Most counting books are very static, a number, say 5, and five of some item on that page. I suppose a more "advanced" presentation is that the numbers are related in some thematic way. However, Boynton doesn't limit herself to the one page per number formula; she writes a continuous story, in which new guests-the ones associated with that page's number--mingle with previous arrivals. She accomplishes this by distinguishing the new, number-relevant guests through their costumes or by color differences. This format may require more cognitively than simpler books, but Boynton's "Hippos GO Berserk" is so entertaining that it stands alone as pure entertainment; its value "counts" much more than the traditional style.
Most counting books only count in one direction. This fun book counts up and then back down again (although it doesn't use zero). It even makes mention of how many they add up to.
Typical Boynton illustrations add to the fun of this book.
Boynton also adds some humorous touches that Mom and Dad can appreciate. Look for the Hippo Whistler's Mother!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very cute book! We love the hippos and it has a good rhythm and rhyme. :)Published 4 hours ago by 1229
Sandra is a refreshing children's author, whose stories are enjoyed by the entire familyPublished 3 days ago by Skibum
I love this book! So cute! My daughter will sit through the whole story. All of the books I have gotten by Sandra Boynton are wonderful!Published 14 days ago by zabrina
My son prefers the Doggies (counting) story, but he likes this one too. It's so much fun to read!Published 1 month ago by Jen S
My granddaughter loves the Boynton books and she wants me to read them to her several times.Published 1 month ago by Teresa A. Vyvlecka
This is such a fun book!! We checked this book out from the library and read it so much that I hated to return it so I bought my daughter a copy. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
LOVE Sandra Boynton's books! My four year old can read it repeatedly!Published 3 months ago by Hildie Ericksen