Sunday Street Team: Hippopotamister


5126004About the author…

John Patrick Green grew up on Long Island and has worked in New York City since graduating from the School of Visual Arts with a degree in graphic design. He was the comics consultant for Disney Adventures magazine, where he wrote and often drew the popular Last Laugh feature. John is the co-creator and illustrator of the graphic novel series Jax Epoch and the Quicken Forbidden and Teen Boat!, both with writer Dave Roman. He has also worked as a writer, illustrator, or designer on comics and graphic novels for Nickelodeon Magazine, DreamWorks, Scholastic Graphix, and DC Comics. John lives in Brooklyn with zero cats and way too many LEGOs.

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All about the book…25689054

The zoo isn’t what it used to be. It’s run-down and falling apart. Hippo hardly ever gets any visitors. So he decides to set off for the outside with his friend Red Panda. To make it in the human world, Hippo will have to become a Hippopotamister: he’ll have to act like a human, get a job, and wear a hat as a disguise. He’s a good employee, whether he’s a construction worker, a hair stylist, or a sous chef. But what he really needs is a job where he can be himself.

The Review…

 Rating: 3.5 Stars
Illustratiom Rating: 5 Thumbs Up!
My Thoughts:
This was such a fun book to read. Hippo tried out so many jobs and the story is so well illustrated. Every page comes alive in a way that is really engaging to kids. My son is ten months old and loved looking at and touching the pictures.
The main character, Hippo really grows in this book, discovering what he enjoys and what he is capable of accomplishing. He was likeable, hard-working and loyal. His friend however, the red panda, is kind of awful and always gets them fired, when Hippo is in fact doing a really good job. I dont think their friendship was a good example for kids.  I like that in the end he saved the zoo. I think ‘be your own hero’ is a fantastic message for children. There were a lot of good morals or lessons in these pages. A neat bonus was that some of the content seemed geared to making the parent/reader laugh too.
I found the story to be a little on the long side for younger kids and not enough words per page for older kids.
The story could have been shorter, in my opinion, and still achieved the same goals. Some of it felt overly repetitive.
I liked Hippopotamister over all and if you have a child who enjoys longer stories about animals, this is definitely the book for you!



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