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Hippopotamister
by John Patrick Green


Overview - The zoo isn't what it used to be. It's run down, and 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.  Read more...

 
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Overview
The zoo isn't what it used to be. It's run down, and 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.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781626722002
  • ISBN-10: 1626722005
  • Publisher: First Second
  • Publish Date: May 2016
  • Page Count: 96
  • Reading Level: Ages 5-8
  • Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.9 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Comics & Graphic Novels - General
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Humorous Stories
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Animals - Hippos & Rhinos

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-02-22
  • Reviewer: Staff

Hippopotamus follows his friend Red Panda into the working world after conditions at their zoo deteriorate. It’s Red Panda who nicknames him Hippopotamister—it’s more appropriate when they’re among humans, he says. A self-effacing fellow, Hippopotamus worries on their first day in a restaurant kitchen. “How do I know my food will taste good?” Yet his delicious-looking Hippopasta Primavera shows natural talent. Brash Red Panda—“Trust your instincts, Hippopotamister. Mine never fail me”—not so much. His antipasto consists of “red vine licorice, mushrooms, and car keys.” In a series of comic episodes, the two are hired and fired from a string of jobs. When Hippopotamus returns to the zoo, though, he has assembled the skills he needs to turn the place around—and there’s a special job for Red Panda, too. Green’s (Teen Boat!) characters burst with personality, his comedic sense shines, and his visual storytelling skills are solid. It’s not until well into the story that readers begin to see where the characters’ foibles will take them. The payoff’s unconventional, too, the prospect of a career that’s both meaningful and satisfying. Ages 5–8. (May)

 
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