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That's Not a Hippopotamus

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  204 ratings  ·  37 reviews
That's Not a Hippopotamus is a deft and delightful tale, packed with word play and madcap energy and with a whole different story to enjoy in the illustrations.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 1st 2016 by Gecko Press
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Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
A class of school children travel to Don's Safari, where he boasts at having all the animals in the world. Well... it would seem that he is missing a hippopotamus. Don assures the children that there is one out there, but no one seems to be able to locate it. No one, except Liam, who is ignored by the teacher throughout. While many animals are discovered, the hippo remains elusive, but not for Liam's lack of trying to alert everyone. This rhyming piece was one Neo liked at bedtime. He could poin ...more
Nancy Kotkin
Story: 3 stars
Illustrations: 4 stars

Rhyming picture book about a lost hippopotamus at a safari adventure park where a class is visiting. Of course, no one in their right mind would allow children to roam around with wild animals, especially not on a school trip. But the story is meant to be humorous rather than realistic. Some issues with both the rhyme scheme and the meter in places. The words "Miss" and "hippopotamus" are overused. Illustrations enhance the text and add fun to the reading expe
Edward Sullivan
Jun 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A class field trip to the safari adventure park makes for some good, silly fun. A New Zealand import.
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
That's Not a Hippopotamus
by Juliette MacIver, Sarah Davis (Illustrations)

That's Not a Hippopotamus is a deft and delightful tale, packed with word play and madcap energy and with a whole different story to enjoy in the illustrations.

I love Juliette MacIver's books, there beautifully illustrated and full of the funniest rhythm's.
At Don's safari understanding understand, we have every creature in the land, all roaming wild safe and free, so many beast's for you to see - That"s a lie a whoppe
Aug 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a deft and delightful tale, packed with word play and madcap energy.

Julia Marshall, Publisher states:

"The clever rhymes are irresistible but the story has much more than that - there is real emotion here and the quiet child has a voice."

This new book from an award-winning and very popular author and illustrator is perfectly pitched and full of humour and excellent wordplay. As children read the book they are challenged to find the hippopotamus that is hidden in all of the pictures and id
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Liam’s class is on a visit to Don’s Safari Park where many creatures roam wild and free. Although one animal seems to be missing - a hippopotamus.

The hunt is on! The harried teacher tries to keep her class under control as they dash off in pursuit of the hippo. The over-excited children discover many animals, including some that terrify their teacher, but the hippopotamus remains elusive. Liam has a hunch he knows where the large animal is hiding, but the teacher doesn’t listen when he tries to
Katie Fitzgerald
This book grew on me as it went. I think it would have helped a lot to hear it read in the accent of someone from New Zealand as pronunciation seems key to the rhyme scheme, but I thought the author did a nice job of both clearly conveying a plot and having fun with the sounds of words. I also loved the expressions and body language of the kids in each illustration. They have the same quirky feel as LeUyen Pham's illustrations. I only read a digital copy, but I'll be on the lookout for the print ...more
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: at-home
Perfect in all respects, a worthy winner of the New Zealand Book Awards for Children & Young Adults as best picture book of the year!
The text rhymes delightfully and the illustrations are so cute, as the reader follows a group of small children with their teacher at the zoo. There's even the added extra of spotting the missing hippo as each animal is revealed.
Totally recommended!
Meredith Estes
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is so fun. A class visits the zoo and the hippopotamus is missing. They go looking for it, claiming to have found it on every page's not the hippopotamus. Only little Liam sees him. My four year olds loved finding the hidden hippo on every page and there was a lot of laughter. Perfect late preschool/ kindergarten book.
Becky Loader
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
When the school class visits the animal safari, they want to see examples of ALL animals. There are a lot here, but where is the hippo??? Never fear. With the help of the intrepid Liam, the hippo is found.

I loved the illustrations. The kids are adorable!
Michelle (FabBookReviews)
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it

A deliciously screwball- and beautifully illustrated- picture book about a class trip to the zoo that goes awry when a hippopotamus goes missing and a classmate who keeps spotting the missing creature can’t get a word in edgewise. Very, very funny and offbeat!
Sandy Brehl
Fun to read aloud, and kids ask to "start over again". An example of incorporating highly diverse group of young kids in ways that suggest true culturally distinct differences rather than just various shades of skin tone.
Lots of fun.
Darren Walland
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This story highlights the importance of not ignoring children in your class, because they all have a right to make a contribution, which the teacher should value. Furthermore, the story and it's illustrations, provide a humorous tale with lots to talk about.
Olivia Slykhuis
Mar 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
Cute story, too bad it celebrates zoos. Would not use.
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a funny book! I laughed so much reading it and seeing all the animals the children thought was a hippo.
I feel that ages 7 and up will like this book and laugh as much as I did.
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Excellent illustrations and details here. I like how the kids all have a lot of personality and expression in their faces and body movements/positions. AND OF COURSE, the hippopotamus is outstanding.
Heydi Smith
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-storytime
An absolute delight. This story of the missing hippo will have you giggling all the way through as you see the hidden hippo throughout. Love it!

Perfect storytime adventure.
Samuel Tyler
Feb 24, 2017 rated it liked it
With the onset of TV, the internet and colourful books we take for granted that we know what different animals look like. A giraffe has a long neck, a lion has big teeth and a Dodo does not look like much anymore. However, imagine a time before all this technology, the closest you would get to an exotic animal might be the assorted stuffed creatures in a local Natural History Museum. Perhaps the children of Juliette MacIver and Sarah Davis’ ‘‘That's Not a Hippopotamus!’’ learnt from some poor ta ...more
Miss Sarah
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was laugh out loud and toddlers will delight. A class field trip is almost ruined when the hippopotamus goes missing. C an the class find him? Don't forget to look in every picture!
Niki Marion
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Such rollicking fun! A class takes a field trip to a (free-range???) zoo, where the hippopotamus has gone mysteriously missing. The students and their unawares teacher (she's very dismissive of one student who quietly asserts--correctly--that he's found the hippo until the very end) attempt to look for it, but not quite everyone knows what a hippo looks like...

I love that the hippo is actually hiding in every spread, and the dust jacket is AMAZING. The endpapers, too, are pretty awesome.

A fanta
Feb 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture
Cute end papers and a repetitive phrase may make this a fun one to read aloud. The illustrations are lively.
In this picture book from New Zealand, Ms. Whiskersniff and her young charges head off on a field trip in search of wild creatures. As they charge through the preserve, they see plenty of other animals but no hippopotamus. In fact, only poor, quiet Liam is the only one who really sees him even though his classmates keep misidentifying various other animals as one. Throughout the story, his teacher just keeps dismissing or fussing at Liam. But he gets the last laugh in the end. The colors are vib ...more
Jennifer Gallman
Aug 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
With a set of kids so cute you will want to pinch their cheeks (especially Jessie with his peace sign t-shirt), this book takes young readers on the search for a missing hippopotamus. Visiting Don's Safari, the children notice that there's not a hippo listed on the list of animals to see; however, they are reassured that there is in fact a hippo--he's just not where he should be. So Ms. Whiskersniff and Class 2B go on their own safari adventure. Finding a giraffe and a snake they believe is the ...more
Sep 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
At Don’s Safari the children are on the search for the missing hippopotamus. Filled with gorgeous silly drawings the children find everything but a hippo, including some very stinky and dangerous creatures. The text is quirky and would make a fun read aloud. With lots of things to search for on each page this humorous book will appeal to ages three to seven. I loved this book! The drawings are outstanding and young readers will learn about different animals, and friendship. Look for the hippo, h ...more
Chuck Knudsen
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
I was hoping for better rhymes, ala Nanette's Baguette. Instead you get a heck of a lot of Miss and Hippopotamus, and some other rhymes that threw me off with their unexpected pronunciations. Don't really know how I feel about the teacher ignoring Liam the entire way.

I like the pictures and the overall story, but the writing let me down.
Amanda Blau
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Pleasure to read the rhyming meter - give to fans of I Ain't Gonna Paint No More!

Is long for young storytimes but great for 4 years and Kindergarten as a read aloud.
The repeated line That's NOT a Hippopotamus! is perfect for participation.
Nov 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Young readers can join the field trip and look for the hippopotamus with the kids of story. My favorite hiding spot was when the hippopotamus had a striped sock and on his nose to blend in with the elephants.
Nov 20, 2016 rated it liked it
A fun rhyming story with clever ways to rhyme "hippopotamus."
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
Thought it sounded like a good one for storytimes, but print too small as are the key parts to the story, and rhyme just not good enough for me NOT to constantly trip over!

A shame!
Rachael Terry
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Fun rhymes, repetition, awesome artwork.
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Juliette MacIver lives north of Wellington City with her husband and four children. She majored in linguistics at university, took a detour and became a bicycle courier for a year, then went back to university to complete a diploma in teaching English. She taught for five years before quitting and starting a government job, which she left once her first child was born. Juliette has always written ...more