Un Hippopotame a Mange...
Mike Thaler
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Un Hippopotame a Mange La Maitresse

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One day, Ms. Jones took her class to visit the monkeys, the tigers, and the hippopotamus at the zoo. But when she leaned too close to the railing to feed a hippo a peanuts, the hippo ate Ms. Jones instead. Who will teach class now? Why the hippo, of course When a hippopotamus eats the teacher instead of a peanut, the children wonder who will teach their class now?
Paperback, 32 pages
Published October 1st 1982 by Avon Books (first published January 1st 1981)
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Just the sort of silly, nonsensical story that children love.

It starts out plausibly enough as the school class goes on a field trip to the zoo and they see several animal exhibits. Then their teacher feeds the hippo and is SWALLOWED by the hippopotamus!

The hippo takes over teaching for a while--actually the teacher's voice comes from the hippo--but the kids soon tire of having no lap to sit on, among other complaints--so they rescue the teacher from inside the hippo by turning it upside down.

Kids familiar with the Black Lagoon books will enjoy this one as well, although looks like this came before the Black Lagoon books. The edition I read is a 30th anniversary edition published by Scholastic.

This is a fun, zany story of a teacher who takes her class to the zoo and gets eaten by the hippo when she leans too close while feeding it a peanut. Not to fear, though! The hippo takes over the teacher's job, speaking with her voice and wearing her hat. Very fun! A nice one for beginning read...more
Kirstin Kemppainen
One day the teacher takes her students to the zoo and she accidentally gets too close and falls into the hippopotamus' mouth. Then all of a sudden mrs. jones voice comes out of the hippopotamus's mouth and so the children listen to it and it teacher them for the rest of the week. Then the children have had enough and tip the animal and shake in until ms. jones comes out.
Holly Thompson
Love love love! I read this book over and over to my little sisters. It's ridiculous, but great! This was the first book that the author and the illustrator did together 30 years ago. Since then, there have been many more (The Black Lagoon Series). I was honored to meet Mike Thaler last winter and he signed copies of the book for my little sisters.
Xander Pettis
I liked that the hippo ate the teacher and that the hippo taught the class.
Vicki Cline
A charming story with amusing illustrations. Somehow it seems classier in French than in English.
Katy Brandes
I love giving my son books for Christmas as much as he loves getting them.
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Mike Thaler, born in Los Angeles, started his professional career drawing cartoons for adults. A children's book editor saw one of his cartoon stories in a national magazine and encouraged Mike to try writing for children. His first attempt met with success, and "The Magic Boy" was published in 1961.

Mike has produced over 220 published books and is known as “America’s Riddle King.” He has also bee...more
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