The illustrations are colorful and cute!
Calamity ensues when an elephant, a centipede, and
a rhinoceros try finding a cure for hippo's colossal case
of hiccups. Zenz's creativity shines through with
his use of colored pencil in this off-the-wall
read-aloud. HIC! HIC! HIC!"
My Review: Well I have mixed feelings about this book. It is a really cute concept and the story is cute how all the other animals try to help ...more
I think this is the only book on my shelves catalogued under "Medical remedies involving the use of buffalo — Fiction." Probably.
It has a fun disclaimer: "None of the characters were harmed (other than allergic rashes and minor chafing) in the making of this book." (In general the copyright notice page is whimsical.)
Make sure you turn all the way to the end to see the "Character Bios" page.
I love the pastel art and colors. I love the rhyming, the story was adorable. The cast bios at the end was very sweet and silly. I sometimes wish children’s books were longer but I suppose there are only so many ways to rhyme Hiccupotamus. Definitely a good read for readers of all ages.
A hippopotamus gets the hiccups and his "friends" decided to help him out.
I can only start this review with one question: If a hippopotamus got hiccups, who would give more than two shits? After much research (AKA, repeated viewings of the movie Congo) I have found that hippopotami are complete and total assholes. The first half of this book proves this point as the hippopotamus (from the latin "monster douche"), runs from friend to friend disturbing their lifestyles to the point that th ...more
Originally 3 stars. The 4th star? The Cast bios. Best part of the book!
6/22/10 & 6/24/10 - They weren't rolling on the floor with laughter, but they had a lot of smiles from this book. They especially liked my hiccups. I think the colors and illustration design for this were also eye-catching for them. A very good choice.
Curriculum connection - I cant really think of two many ways to use this in the classroom. It might be good as an activity in identifying rhyming word pairs (students can clap or give a thumbs up each time they hear a pair). This might also work okay for an activity to practice summarizing using the Someone-Wanted-But-So structure, particularly with students who are having difficulty because it is such a basic story ...more
"There was a hippopotamus
Who hiccuped quite-a-lotamus.
And every time he got'emus...
He'd fall upon his bottomus."
Truthfully, there isn't much of a storyline. At the end, the hippo doesn't have the hiccups anymore, but all of his friends t ...more
This book is really cute, so cute I even bought it :) This book is about a hippo who cant stop hiccuping and along the way causes turmoil when he sees one of his friends doing something (that rhymes with what animal they are). So his friends are fed up and research ways to get rid of the hiccups and perform them on the hippo. The remedies worked!! Then, something really funny ...more
Young Reader Reaction: Both children loved listening to this book read aloud. They thought the rhymes and the reader's hiccuping was hilarious. The kids asked to read this one again (several times!).
Adult Reader Reaction: I think this book is cute and funny. It is not my favorite book to read because the fake hiccuping makes me cough but the kids love it so it is worth it. I understood why they enjoyed Hiccupotamus.
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Aaron lives in West Michigan. In addition to writing and illustrating, he also frequently visits schools and libraries where he inspires kids to read and write through fun, interactive programs."