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Hippospotamus (Andersen Press Picture Books) Hardcover – August 1, 2012
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"It's measels," says the Weasel. "You sat in a breezle and caught a diseasel."
"It's Hippopox!" says the Fox. But Beaver says it's Jungle Fever, Lion says it's Hippolumps, Shrew believes it's Potomumps and if Rhino says it's Hippoflu, really, no one has a clue. Oh, dear, what will spotty hippo do?
She'll scrub her skin with icky soot, from "..noseymus to footimus, but the spotamus stayed put."
She'll get a shot from Croc the Doc but despite the "perfect shotamus" - rot! - the shot's for naught!
"It's a blister," says her sister.
For goodness' sake, "You clottamus!" says the acerbated Snake. "Cut out chippochoccomus, eat lettuce for a week." Still "... the spot on Hippo's bottomus stuck firmly to her cheek."
Will the spotty on her botty ever, ever leave? The ending may delight you, and then again may not ('cause it's a yecchy fulsome finish to that stubborn sticky spot!)
HOWEVER, it's a lively book and it's hilarious and good enough to forgive the ending. On a scale of 0 to the full 5-ottomus, I give it the maximottamus. (Plus, Ross' illustrations are the perfect complimottamus.)
Hippo stood on her head and let the sun warm the spot, but nope, it still was there. Fox was convinced that it was hippopox and the only cure for that was to put on "woolly pants and socks" and "warm petticoats and frocks." It sure did look like that spot was still on her bottomus. "But potamus got hotamus, / Grumpimus and grotamus / And still she had the spotamus." This would never do. Then Beaver was sure she had jungle fever and a surefire cure for that was a darn good scrub with soot. It was such a mess! Everyone was positive they knew what that red spotomus was, but just how was Hippo going to get rid of it?
This is a charmingly hysterical story of Hippo's unsightly spotamus little ones will love. The tale, told as a story in rhyme, doesn't miss a beat as it romps through the book. Hippo gets grumpier and grumpier the more her friends diagnose and try to cure her spotomus. The darling little twist at the end will make your little ones giggle, if they aren't already. The pen and ink and watercolor drawings have just the right amount of zip to make this story even more hilarious. Even the Croc doc couldn't figure out her ailment, but just maybe the youngster who takes a peek at the back page can!
This book courtesy of the publisher.