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Belly Up (Teddy Fitzroy #1)

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  3,073 ratings  ·  421 reviews

12 year old Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt Fitzroy has got a murder on his hands and trouble on his tail. Henry, the hippopatamus at the brand-new nationally known FunJungle, has gone belly up. Even though it's claimed he died of natural causes, Teddy smells something fishy and it sure ain't the polar bear's lunch. Dealing with the zoo's top brass proves
Published 2010 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Reader
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Rebecca Weston ;) Me too :) ;)
Rebecca Weston I'd say more of a 10 or 11 age because it has some minor swear words and some larger words. But then again I read it when I was 9 so. I'd say nothing…moreI'd say more of a 10 or 11 age because it has some minor swear words and some larger words. But then again I read it when I was 9 so. I'd say nothing under 9. I had to constantly ask my parents about what certain words meant.(less)
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Oct 12, 2014 karen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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first, look at the cover. now, look at the endpapers:

how are you going to say "no" to that?? you're not. because not only is it a beautifully designed book, the story itself is great, and if i could stand to be around children, i would give them this book, because it is both fun and good for them, like flintstones vitamins.

i saw this on a cart in the basement at work while i was waiting for the elevator, and the colors attracted me. me being me, i yanked it out from the middle, causing a minor
Deb Hickenbottom
This heart-warming and life-changing story about a boy and his free time will surely captivate and inspire the reader. This book should be required reading for all humans on planet earth. The power of the author's words can stir up deep emotional connections between ourselves and the book's main character. Hemingway, Shakespeare, and Dickens have nothing on whoever wrote this book. Put it next to the Bible on your bookshelf and your collection will be complete! Laugh, cry, stand in awe. No emoti ...more
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Fans of Carl Hiaasen’s books Hoot and Flush will enjoy this middle grade mystery set at FunJungle, an exotic animal amusement park. When Henry the Hippo, the mascot of the newly-opened park, goes belly up, 12-year old Teddy thinks it would be fun to sneak into the autopsy. He’s been around animals his whole life, since his mom is a gorilla researcher and his dad a wildlife photographer, and he’s intrigued by Henry’s seemingly untimely demise.

When he overhears that the hippo’s death might be a m
Shruti S
Dec 4, 2012

I recently finished reading the Lone Star book "Belly Up" by Stuart Gibbs. Growing up in America's most popular theme park would sound fun, right? Wrong! Teddy Fitzroy lives there and runs into trouble everyday because he is lonely and bored. The worst part for Teddy, is Henry the hippopotamus, the park's mascot. Lazy, nasty,and obnoxious are some of the never-ending list of negative words to describe Henry. But no one could hate him enough to land him belly up, which he does anyways.
Addie T
12 year old, Teddy Fitzroy has spent all of his life around animals. He grew up in the Congo and now both his parents work at FunJungle, the largest zoo attraction in the U.S. It is located in Texas, 30 minutes away from any real towns. The park is owned by J.J. McCracken, famous for making a lot of money. Teddy's life pretty much stays the same at the zoo until one day they find Henry the Hippo, the parks mascot, laying belly up in his pen. Teddy finds this very unusual considering the park has ...more
Josie Knight
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In this book the main character , teddy has murder on his trail and lots of trouble on his hands . I like this book because for me it really brings me into the aspect of adventure murder and new things everyday and connects me with a different world than I live in. Henry the hippo at the fun jungle has gone belly up they said he died of natural causes but I say that's baloney. The zoo try's to get the murder to disappear like yesterday's paper but that makes tedd
Ryan J Slattery
This is Stuart Gibbs' first novel, but I read his book Spy School (I gave 5 stars) before reading this.

I rated this with 4 stars because had I not read Spy School and loved it, I might have put this book down after the first couple chapters.

But I didn't, and I am very glad I didn't. It's basically a Whodunit (like Spy School), only this time I never was able to guess the right suspect and questioned everyone's involvement at various times.

The chase scene at the end was masterfully done and I cou
Barb Middleton
Teddy Fitzroy is a prankster who finds entertainment at the zoo his parents work at by giving monkeys water balloons or getting the security guards to chase after him for being places he’s not supposed to be. But when the Mascot, Henry the Hippo, turns up dead Teddy decides to sneak into the auditorium where the autopsy is being done. He overhears that Henry was murdered and begins an investigation of his own. There are plenty of suspects and with the help of a girl, Summer, the two smart kids w ...more
Teddy, a 12-year-old, grew up in the Congo of Africa because his mother is a famous gorilla researcher on the order of Diane Fossey and his father is a famous wildlife photographer. They now live in a trailer in Texas on the outskirts of FunJungle, the largest zoo/Disneyworld type attraction in the USA, where his parents are employed. The mascot of the park, Henry the Hippo, a mean and messy animal who is not liked by many who have been injured by him, ends up suspiciously dead. Teddy and Summer ...more
Jo Sorrell
I decided to read Belly Up because it is on the NC children's book award list for 2013. Also I love the covers. My husband even said he would be sad when I finished the book because he enjoyed looking at the cover from across the room. smile.... I thought the book was going to be cute like he cover. Oh my was I wrong. This is a mystery that will keep you wondering up until the end. Of course the murder victim is a crotchety hippo that is the mascot for FunJungle, the most visited tourist attract ...more
Apr 13, 2015 Katie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes mystery and/or realistic fiction
Recommended to Katie by: Her friends
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This is definitely a favorite of mine! Belly Up is mystery but also has some realistic fiction in it (I think). This book is SO gripping and suspenseful!!!! I love this book! It is very good and well written. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a humorous, suspenseful, and amazing book. I would read this book again in a heartbeat!

Update: I am taking a break from this book because I have so many other books!
Belly Up is about a boy named Teddy whose parents work at a theme park called Fun Jungle. Teddy finds out that the theme park's masco, Henry Hippo, was found laying belly up in his habitat. While listening in on the park's doctor, Doc, talking about how the hippo died, Teddy hears him say that Henry might have been murdered. Teddy immediately wants to investigate. Summer, the theme park owner's daughter, finds out about Teddy's investigation and joins him.

I liked this book. There was always som
Mari Anne
Finally, a MG novel I could sink my teeth into. "Belly Up" has sat, sadly neglected, in my reading pile for a while. Shame on me for leaving such a fun book unread for so long. This is a great mystery/action book filled with tons of fun animal facts and trivia. It is set in the mythical attraction "FunJungle" and is centered around the mysterious death of its mascot Henry Hippo. The plot moves along nicely and keeps the reader entertained up to the very end. This one very much reminded me of the ...more
Bradley Mavericks
Teddy Fitzroy has trouble on his tail! in the great book of Belly Up, by Stuart Gibbs, Teddy, the trouble-maker of the Fun Jungle Zoo discovers that Henry the Hippo, the loved Fun Jungle mascot, is dead. Everybody seems to think that the death was caused by natural causes, but Teddy and his feisty friend, Summer McCraken, the daughter of the owner of Fun Jungle, don't agree. After Henry’s autopsy, some of the adults seem to believe them. In this funny action novel, Teddy faces danger in the case ...more
Belly Up , by Stuart Gibbs is a realistic fiction book about a boy named Teddy. Overall the book was very good from my point of view about it. I really liked all the unique voices that the author gave each individual character, and also how he focused so much on the details keeping up just enough tension with them to keep you wanting more. My favorite character would have to be Summer McCraken because of the way that she helps Teddy grow and the way that in the end she turns out to be a good fr ...more
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Twelve-year-old Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt Fitzroy has murder on his hands and trouble on his tail. He believes that Henry, the hippopotamus at the brand-new FunJungle, has been murdered. The zoo’s top brass claim the hippo went belly up the natural way, but Teddy and his world famous new friend Summer McCraken have other ideas. Could the culprit be FunJungle’s animal-hating head of operations? Or is it FunJungle’s owner—Summer’s dad—a man who is much more concerned about mon
Twelve-year-old Teddy investigates when a popular Texas zoo’s star attraction—Henry the hippopotamus—is murdered. One of my most requested titles this summer. The cover art is great, and the premise is hard to beat. Teddy lives in a combination zoo/amusement park and is the only one who realizes that Henry’s murder is being covered up by park officials. Fun mystery with wild animals and a disgusting gross-out scene near the end (you’ll definitely know it when you read it!).
Rating: 5/5 stars

I wasn't originally planning to read BELLY UP, because it was my sister's book and was recommended for ages 8-12. However, since I was way behind on my reading goal, I figured that reading this book would help me get back on track.

I'm honestly really glad I picked this book up because I adore it so much. It had a great plot that you could easily get hooked on; the mystery was definitely very interesting. It seemed as if everyone wanted to kill Henry the Hippo and even once Teddy
Amy Musser
Who killed Henry Hippo? If only 12-year old Teddy knew. Unfortunately, most people at the newly opened FunJungle, the most innovative (and profitable) zoo in the world, won’t even talk about the zoo’s most famous animal’s death. Teddy’s parents work for FunJungle, so he knows every square inch and lots of the people who work there, too. Since the adults won’t take him seriously, it’s up to Teddy and his new friend Summer to crack the case. Suddenly, Teddy’s boring summer is filled with wild anim ...more
I think its a good book. Its like the who dun it books. But instead of the butler its the hippopotamus who dies. The book is about a boy called Teddy. He lives at a place called Fun Jungle. Its a zoo. His parents are animal specialist. He has a nice life but when Henry the hipo dies. He is on the case. This book is full of mystery and drama but it also has lots of funny bits. You will be surprised who did IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Stephanie Boaman
One of the first scenes is Teddy being "arrested" by security guard Large Marge for giving the chimpanzees water balloons-I was in love...Teddy feels the same way about large groups of people that I do. They are annoying, messy, and inconsiderate (in general), and he hates seeing the animals at FunJungle treated badly by visitors ignoring the posted rules (like don't bang on the glass, or please don't feed the animals). He's had an exciting life up to this point, and now he's bored out of his sk ...more
This book was UTTERLY AMAZING. I don't see how a person could make a story out of a dead hippo in a theme park! In the book Belly Up, a book fused with trust, suspicion, friendship, danger, adventure, and friends, a teenage boy with a celeb teen girl, Summer, run around dodging troubles with black mambas and tigers. The hold their own secret investigation-- who murdered Henry the Hippo?
Lawrence Lin
"Belly Up" by Stuart Gibbs is a mystery/action book that takes place in the first-person point of view. The main character whose point of view is in is Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt Fitzroy, who lives in a zoo called FunJungle. I believed this book was going to be interesting when I saw it, as the cover has a hippo lying upside down with the title "Belly Up". A tragic thing happens in the zoo - Henry the Hippo dies. Teddy believes that Henry was murdered and it's up to him and his friend, Summer Mc ...more
Alex Murphy
I liked this mystery. It was fun and quirky, I liked that it was at a zoo and that you learned a lot about animals. BUT this book was wildly inappropriate for the age that it is marketed towards. The cover makes it look like it's for third -fifth graders. But it's more geared towards fifth-eighth. The vocabulary is up there, along with scientific names for things. That's not what is making this book go up so high on the age scale.

It's strange phrases like 'hauling ass' 'pissed off' 'crapping on
Teddy Fitzroy has parents who work in one of the biggest amusement park/ zoo (and he lives there too) and one day, Henry, their hippo and mascot turns up dead. They say that it was a natural death, but Teddy thinks that he was murdered. When other zoo animals also start to die, Teddy and Summer decide to take matters in their own hands, and investigate the murder themselves.

I picked up the book because a few of my friends read it, and also my brother was looking for something else to read but he
4.5 stars. MHL #7 for me. This is the winner so far. About a boy who lives at an animal amusement park and solves the mystery of a hippo's murder. Engaging and fun. Not too thought-provoking but entertaining. A page-turner that will appeal to many kids. Will definitely be getting this for my classroom!
Salma Ibrahim
Belly Up by Stuart Gibbs is a great book and it make me think about who did what throughout the whole story. In the story a hippo named Henry has been murdered! This made me think about who did what throughout the story because I wanted to know who killed Henry, the hippo. There's also a possibility that someone killed Heny on purpose. This quote explains that Henry may have been murdered. This proves that their is a mystery of who killed Henry . I can infer that the story keeps you interested a ...more
Born and raised in the African jungle, Ted now finds himself stranded 30 miles from the nearest anything in the Texas plains at FunJungle, the newest and most habitat friendly zoo. His parents are among the best of all those collected to design the habitats and study the animals. But two weeks after FunJungle opens to the public, the zoo mascot, Henry the Hippo, is found hooves up in his pool.
The cover art and the title drew me in. This mystery takes off with humor and seriousness combined. T
Xina Turtle
This book was really funny! We read as a family and really enjoyed.

The basic premise is that Teddy Fitzroy, the only kid living at fun jungle (the new amusement/zoo), accidentally finds out that the theme park mascot did not just die, he was murdered. As a kid claiming something as ridiculous as that no one believes him and he ends up trying to solve the mystery on his own with the help of Summer McKracken the owner of the theme parks jungle. As things progress he has many close calls including
Zoe Mark
To me a book about a hippopotamus dying did not seem to be very interesting, but I read it so that I could get to the next book. It turns out that it was really fun to read. This book is about a boy who lives in the biggest Zoo in the world, FunJungle. His parents are both employees there and so he lives in a trailer park with the rest of the employees. He knows everything that is happening around the park so when a hippopotamus turns up dead, he is the first to go see it. What he finds out abou ...more
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