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3.71  ·  Rating details ·  346 ratings  ·  73 reviews
Hippopotamus had a spotamus . . . on her bottomus!
"It's Measles!" said Weasel.
"It's Hippopox!" said Fox.
"It's Jungle Fever!" said Beaver.

But in the end the spotamus turned out to be something hilariously unexpected!
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 6th 2012 by Andersen (first published January 1st 2012)
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Beyond the Pages
Feb 02, 2015 rated it liked it
I liked the word play, but the ending was yucky.
Bookstork Buzz
Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
A rhyming book and a whole lotta silly fun! Hippopotamus has a spotamus on her bottomus. but whatever could it be?

“It’s measels,” says the Weasel. “You sat in a breezle and caught a diseasel.

“It’s Hippopox!” says the Fox. But Beaver says it’s Jungle Fever, Lion says it’s Hippolumps, Shrew believes it’s Potomumps and if Rhino says it’s Hippoflu, really, no one has a clue. Oh, dear, what will spotty hippo do?

She’ll scrub her skin with icky soot, from “..noseymus to footimus, but the spotamus stayed put.”

Hippopotamus discovers a red spot on her bottom(us) and tries to do something about it. Her friends and acquaintances all have ideas about what may have caused it and how Hippopotamus can cure it. To no avail - none of their treatments work. Hippopotamus remains be-spotted until a boy makes a positive identification. Not a spot after all, it's a...well, that would be telling.

This story is silly, but fun to read. Hippo would do well to see a professional for any future ailments (fraud
Mar 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a cute story about a hippopotamus that has a troubling red spot on her behind. All of her jungle friends offer suggestions about what it is and how to get rid of it, with hilarious results. A young boy eventually solves the mystery.

There's a lot of great wordplay in this book. For example, the weasel suggests it's measles: "You sat in a breezle / And caught a diseasel/ There's only one treatment / Exposing your seatment / To sunshine and heatment." The illustrations are also
Stefanie Kellum
Jan 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Laugh-out-loud funny! A personal favorite for sure. :)
Laura Z
Apr 11, 2013 rated it did not like it
I'm sure most will Loooove this book, but NOTamus LauraAnnOttamos. And, yes, the rhymes in the book are just as rediculousimos!
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of my FAVRORITE children’s books of all time. It’s the most fun when you’re willing to do voices for the different animals. My kids chime in with me on the rhyming parts all the time. EVen my 3 year old can tell me, “there’s only Ooooone treatment. Sunshine and heatment!”.
Jessa McCauley
Mar 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: children-s-books
Didn’t care for the made up rhyming words. The only thing that almost saved the book was the ending, but then the imagery of the kid putting the gum back in his mouth while it was still attached to the hippo’s butt... *gag*
Tracy Morton
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Is there a six star option? I love this book! I was literally laughing out loud. This book is good enough that I will plan a storytime just to be able to read this again.
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It looked kind of weird (6 year old reviewer)

I liked it because I didn't think it was real bubble gum. I liked everything about this book. Good job.
Kathryn Bergeron
Admittedly, this book is pretty cute. I'm not sure that there's a great lesson, but it moves quickly and is fun.
Trisha Parsons
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: storytime
This book plays with language, which makes it a fun read for Storytime, and there's a lot of room for dialogic reading as there are several places for refrains. My kids enjoyed saying "spotamus"
Super fun and silly - a hippo trying to figure out what the spot on his backside is and everyone has an opinion. The book is great, until the ending. Ugh - a little too gross for me. I'll still probably work it into a preschool "silly" or "hippo" themed story time as some point and we'll talk about the disgusting ending.

The spot turns out to be a piece of gum a little boy has lost and he grabs it off the hippo's backside and pops it into his mouth. Gross!
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, animals
This is a very silly book. Many of the words are made up (or just extended a bit to rhyme). It would be a great read-aloud story. The ending did gross me out a bit but I am sure my class will find it hilarious.
Jul 31, 2013 rated it liked it
I was in the public library looking for some books recommended in a prof dev class....I crouched down to look at a low shelf and heard in a teeny kid voice, "hello, I know you! you're from my school! ". I peeked through the shelf and sure enough, there were two students from the elementary school.

I said hello to them and then was bombarded with questions as per usual from 1st graders.

I told them I was glad to see them in the public library. they asked if I was checking out books for
Layla & Rachel
Apr 29, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: library-books
We're just going to put the spoiler of Jeanne Willis' Hippospotamus right out there. (view spoiler)

We did not like this book. We suppose that Layla and Rachel are just not the type of people that enjoy read
Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Hippospotamus is an absolutely hilarious book that is now safely nestled on our favourites shelf! We are huge fans of rhyming books but we think this book tops any we have ever read!

My daughter's attention was riveted to every page and really there is nothing better than a child laughing out loud at a book from start to finish - also when a child says " please read it again!"

The Illustrations are full of fun, life and are just a wonderful complement to this humourous stor
Philippa Rae
Jun 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Hippospotamus is another hilarious picture book from duo Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross. The entertaining text is perfectly complemented by clear comical illustrations.

There’s real enjoyment to be had with the play on words – “hotmus”, “grotamus” and “spotamus” to give but a few examples. The silly nonsense element of both the tale and its structured rhyming wordplay are the perfect ingredients to engage young children. Also an excellent way of delivering different sounds. The story is
Jul 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: funny, animals
This is one that my kids loved that I just didn't. Yet enough forced rereads are starting to wear me down. The premise is that the hippopotamus has a spot(amus) on her...yes, the rhyming is important...and all her friends try to help her figure out what it is and get rid of it. My initial reaction (the spoiler is that it's a piece of chewing gum, whose owner rescues and continues chewing it) was "ewwww." But constant repetition has finally gotten me somewhat more into the ...more
Round Lake Area Public Library
When a hippopotamus discovers a spot on her bottom, it seems every creature in the jungle knows what it is and how to cure it.

This is such a cute, silly funny picture book that was such a joy to read! I am a big fan of rhyming picture books and this one does not disappoint and reminds me of Dr. Seuss’ style of rhyming. This story would be perfect to introduce jungle animals to your child and both child and parent will enjoy the hilarious ending that finally lets you know what the spo
Jul 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: animals, childrens
I thought this book was very cute. Hippopotamus has a spotamus. The rhymes are funny and the illustrations are great. Kids get a kick out of nonsensical words. Why do you think there are so many Dr. Seuss books? Kids will have fun with this book and they do understand, with explaining, when it's ok to show your behind to others (to doctors and nurses, and moms and dads), and not to eat bubble gum off an animals backside or frontside. Make-believe is a very easy concept to kids. Some kids may say ...more
Aug 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Zany play on words - would make a fun read-aloud. Favorite part is that it isn't over done. It seems like sometimes when authors hit on a clever idea they do it do death (at least 4 pages too much). Yes, writer, you should be proud that you found yet another way to keep your idea going - but I'm reading to four-year-olds here. Edit it down dude. Least favorite part was the ending - I kinda gagged a little. :|
May 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A great tale for ages 4+. Hippo has a spotamus on her bottomus and all the animals try to help diagnose and offer remedies for the potential ailments, until a boy comes and reveals the true nature of hippo's spot!

Amazing use of rhyming and silly language to keep kids and adults laughing. Good for children who have an attention span that can follow the silly language. Didn't work for my 3-year-olds in my storytime, but I think older kids (4-7) would enjoy.
Jan 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
It's no easy feat to make up words that rhyme with "hippopotamus" and have them work out, but Willis does just that! Poor Hippopotamus has a spot on her bottomous, and the other animals all offer their opinions on what it is and what she should do to banish the spot. Hilarious suggestions lead to an even more hilarious resolution that will leave readers young and old exclaiming out loud.
Ariel Cummins
Dec 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A silly story about a hippopotamus who gets a spotamus on her bottomus. Lots of crazy word play, rhyming, and made up words in this one makes it a natural readaloud.

Bright art with lots of irreverent details match the zany text.

Preschoolers might like the wordplay and lyrical nature of this book, or it might flop. It would definitely depend on the group!
Jul 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
While not exactly Caldecott material, asks more questions than it answers, a little inappropriate in some spots, this book was still hilarious and we all had a good time reading it and laughing wildly over it. That, my friend, is what matters most and why I'm giving it a perfect score. Bravo, Jeanne Willis!
Oct 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a funny and charming story about a Hippo with a spot on his bottom. The story follows him as he and his friends try to work out what it could be. There are normal words as well as nonsense words which makes it more interesting, and there is also rhyme within the story, which always bodes well with young children.
Aug 13, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
THE GOOD: Clever to the extreme. Fun, Seussical-ish rhyming.
THE BAD: I agree with so many previous reviewers; the storyline is problematic. The target audience should be taught personal safety, not having every possible character investigating one's bottomus, and stroking and poking it. The end took me by surprise. This will be funny to some, and be in extreme poor taste to others.
JoEllen Mccarthy
Oct 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Funny, rhyming word play.
HippoSPOTamus, had a spot on her bottomus... hippo asks for help figuring out what her spot was from. She gets advice from alotamus (get it)...
Silly ending - no spoilers here. Cute for a read aloud K-2.
Dec 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s
This is also another humorous book that will remind you of any Dr. Seuss classic. It has a fun and rhyming cadence and is full of made-up words that children will enjoy repeating. They may even begin to make up there own words! I recommend this for one-on-one or group read-alouds.
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Jeanne Willis was born in St Albans and trained as an advertising copywriter at Watford College. She worked for various agencies creating press adverts and TV, cinema and radio commercials. She is now a full-time writer and has published over 80 books. Her hobbies include gardening, reading (non-fiction), natural history and collecting caterpillars. Jeanne has also worked on scripts for TV, includ ...more
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