Holly the hippo imagines the worst: icebergs and icy water, penguins and seals Her imagination bursts at every turn, making it harder and harder for her to step foot in the pool. Read more...
Holly the hippo imagines the worst: icebergs and icy water, penguins and seals Her imagination bursts at every turn, making it harder and harder for her to step foot in the pool.
Until she get the chance to be a hero. Holly may be scared, but she is a very brave girl.
- ISBN-13: 9781484709382
- ISBN-10: 1484709381
- Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
- Publish Date: April 2017
- Page Count: 40
- Reading Level: Ages 4-8
- Dimensions: 10.2 x 10.3 x 0.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
Series: Walt Disney Animation Studios Artist Showcase
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2017-02-20
- Reviewer: Staff
Most hippos love the water, but not the heroine of Shums first picture book, part of the Walt Disney Animation Studios Artist Showcase series. Holly has imagination to spare: when faced with the task of retrieving her sisters favorite toy from a tree, Holly envisions herself climbing a mountain to rescue the piglet, Piggy Wig. But when its time to go to the pool, Hollys flights of fancy arent quite so heroic. Decked out in a ruffled swimsuit, the small pink hippo asks her father a series of what-ifs as her worries play out dramatically. Concerned about the water being cold, Holly shivers on an iceberg; afraid of getting water in her eyes and ears, she recoils under a waterfall, while Daddy offers common-sense solutions (Wipe the water away if it gets in your eyes). A second chance to rescue Piggy Wig finally gets Holly in the water. Shums crisp, creamy illustrations never let Hollys worst-case scenarios get too darktheyre unlikely to provoke aquatic nervousness among readersbut the dialogue-driven text and tepid imagery dont do much to move the storys emotional needle. Ages 35. (Apr.)