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Hopper and Wilson

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  321 ratings  ·  62 reviews
A playful tale about friendship and home

"What," Hopper asks his little friend Wilson, "do you think it's like at the end of the world?" Hopper, the blue elephant, imagines a staircase to the moon, while Wilson, the yellow mouse, hopes for an endless supply of lemonade. So the two sail off in a boat made of paper . . . only to discover they already have everything they coul
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published May 12th 2011 by Philomel Books
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Sep 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Inspiration comes in a variety of different forms though family is probably best source. One author might write a picture book and make all the monsters in it the relatives they knew growing up. Another might write a tale based on an amusing catchphrase picked up by her husband. In the case of Hopper and Wilson, author Maria van Lieshout found inspiration when her father and brother found home. Apparently the two went on a sea voyage once and proceeded to get lost. The story has a happy ending s ...more
Aug 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ncbla
Good friends Hopper the elephant and Wilson the mouse realize that there is no place like home. Like many of us, though, they have to go away first before appreciating what they have. When Hopper dreams of being able to touch the moon, Wilson wishes for limitless lemonade. When a fierce ocean storm separates the two on their voyage, Wilson asks everyone he encounters if they've seen Hopper. Once they're reunited, they need precisely what matters. The illustrations, created with watercolors, coll ...more
Mar 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
This is more about my shortcomings as a reader then about the shortcomings of the book. The plot concerns two stuffed animals and a balloon who start off in a paper boat to find the end of the world. The problem with me? I can't get past that fact that a lot of the reflections of the text from the paper boat are not correct. The text doesn't match, or it doesn't line up with the apparent light source. I spent a lot of time noticing this and being distracted from the story by it. The illustration ...more
Aug 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Hopper and Wilson are a nice pair. I love that their mismatched dreams; Hopper wants to touch the moon and Wilson just wants lots of lemonade, are treated equally. A little odd book - home is where your cactus is, but nice
Dec 27, 2010 added it
Shelves: picturebooks
As usual, Maria van Lieshout's masterfully minimal and deceptively simple art speaks volumes. ...more
Jul 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A sweet and lovely story of friendship, love and adventure.
Hopper and Wilson set out in their paper boat to see what's on the other side of the world. When a storm separates the two friends, will they ever find their way back together? Spoiler: They do. And, of course, their journey takes them home again. Cute. ...more
A charming tale of two animals who dare to visit the end of the world.
Mar 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Hopper and Wilson try to imagine what is on the other side of the big sea. Wilson, the mouse, thinks there will be lots of lemonade there. Hopper, the elephant, imagines a staircase to the moon! So they decide to head out in their boat and see what actually is on the other side of the sea. They bring their red balloon with them too. They sail through the day and night, until they are awoken by rain and wind. Soon the waves are huge and dangerous. When the sea calms, Wilson is alone in the boat. ...more
Karah Webb
Hopper the stuffed elephant and Wilson the stuffed little mouse are great friends. In this very appealing illustrated book, Hopper and Wilson wonder what it would be like to go to the end of the world. They each try and picture what it would be like. They think there would be an endless supply of lemonade and a staircase that would go up to the moon, so they could touch it. They decide that they must take a trip across the ocean to go to the end of the world. They get aboard their newspaper boat ...more
Barb Middleton
Aug 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
This book is about an elephant and mouse that set sail in a newspaper sailor hat boat to see the end of the world. Hopper gets lost in a storm and Wilson is afraid he’s lost at sea. The two become reunited and sail around the world ending up at the same place they started. I kept mixing up the names. Hopper is the elephant and Wilson is the mouse. I always want to reverse them. Kids kept laughing at my mix-up. Kindergarten students made a simple sailor hat before I read the story. I set out a on ...more
Bailey Carlson
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Hopper and Wilson was a great story about two friends that desire to touch the moon and for an endless supply of lemonade, and they believe that this will be at the end of the world. After enduring a fierce storm at sea, Hopper falls out of the boat and Wilson had to search the entire sea for him! Once they return home they realize that there is, in fact, no place like home. I think this book provides a meaningful lesson because you don't realize how great your home is until you leave. Everythin ...more
Mar 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a sweet tale about two friends setting out in a small boat, going on an exciting adventure to find the end of the world. The narrative is short and dramatic and the illustrations are colorful. The ending is somewhat philosophical and the whole story has a metaphysical feel to it. Probably best suited for younger children, but we enjoyed reading it together.

I have to mention that as the story progresses and we see Wilson out on the ocean, I couldn't help but think of Wilson from the movi
Callie Arosen
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful story of friendship for young children. The story depicts the relationship of an elephant and a mouse - a unique relationship that truly works in the most loving manner. Not only are the two special friends, but friends that share a similar pursuit to find the end of the world. However, through their journey they find that they have a friendship that is the most valuable; of more value than their pursuit. From this book children can learn about the value and importance of fri ...more
Green Bean
Aug 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"'What,' Hopper asked his little friend Wilson, 'do you think it's like at the end of the world?'" The two rag-dolls--one sky-blue elephant and one lemon-yellow mouse--embark on their odyssey in a newspaper boat, propelled by a red balloon. The swashbucklers do a lot of extreme bobbing, shivering, learning the hard way and finally getting lost, and meet a host of sea creatures en route back to one another. Perfectly summery with a subtle lesson about the sweetness of home. ...more
Oct 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Best friends Hopper and Wilson wonder what it is like at the end of the world. Deciding to find out, they set sail on an end-of-the-world adventure. After battling rough seas, cold weather, and howling winds, they realize that their part of the world is where they want to be.
Sweet story about friendship with winsome watercolor illustrations. The two page layout heightens the effect of the illustrations.
Hopper and Wilson set off to find the end of the world where they hope to find lemonade and a stairway to the stars. When they encounter challenges on their journey, they find comfort in each other. I thought this was a magical book about friendship and home. The watercolor illustrations and text are delicate and wistful.
Sep 20, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Interesting texture to the illustrations. Van Lieshout manages to pack a lot of drama and emotion into a little book. I wasn't sure at first which was Hopper and which Wilson - I missed the subtle clue with the first read. It wasn't exactly necessary to understanding the story but it bothered me a little. ...more
Mar 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Hopper and Wilson take to a paper boat to find the end of the world. They almost lose each other in a storm, but in a happy ending, find each other (and home) again. The way Hopper and Wilson (toy friends) related to each other reminded me very much of Winnie the Pooh and Piglet. Sweet and imaginative.
Christine Turner
'What,' Hopper asks his little friend Wilson, 'do you think it's like at the end of the world?' Wilson figures there's and endless supply of lemonade, while Hopper imagines a staircase to the moon. It could be either. Or both! The possibilities are endless.

Subject: Sailing -- Juvenile fiction.
Elephants -- Juvenile fiction
Mice -- Juvenile fiction
Jo Oehrlein
May 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Reminds me of Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, but with stuffed animals as the main characters. They basically go on an adventure (sailing in a boat made of a folded newspaper page) and after some good and bad, make it back home. ...more
Jun 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Two friends who seek out to find the end of the world. Who knows there might be endless amounts of lemonade and a ladder to the moon?? The possibilities are endless!! Sweet story, with danger, friendship, adventure and fun.
Aug 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: preschool-2nd grade
Sweet story of a stuffed elephant and mouse who pack their balloon (but leave behind their cactus) and hop in a paper boat to find the end of the world. They're hoping to find lemonade and a staircase to the moon; they discover adventure and what's really important. ...more
Oct 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
This is the complete package - great story and wonderful artwork. The watercolors are full of texture, both from the paper and from brush style. Lots of movement on page spreads and a wonderful use of negative space. Love it!
Jul 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Two best friends set out to reach the end of the world, a place of perfection with endless lemonade and stairs to the moon. In the end, they discover that their home is truly the perfect place for them. Adorable illustrations. I loved it.
These are sweet friends who journey to find home after an adventure that initially parts them. Their concern for each other, and the charming details of their friendship are truly winning. I love that their boat is paper, they share a cactus and love lemonade. Adorable.
May 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
Very cute. Two friends (potentially stuffed) decide to sail to the other side of the world. They end up losing each other and finding each other again, only to arrive back home where they started. Pretty sure they did a circle, just saying... Lemonade. ♡
Jan 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
This very cute board book was fun to read to my infant and is probably best for ages 0-3. You could have a few activities to go with the book for your older baby, like making and sailing a paper boat after reading the story together.
Kaitlyn Craig
Jan 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I enjoyed this book because it was about two friends finding each other after being lost without one another. I enjoyed how this book was about an elephant and a mouse, two animals you do not think would be friends.
Edward Sullivan
May 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Charming friendship story.
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Maria is author, illustrator and designer of picture books.
She grew up near Amsterdam, and studied Visual Communications at George Washington University in DC.
Maria has a background in branding at Coca-Cola, and likes history, art, storytelling, magical realism, vintage printing, ancient patterns and secrets hidden long ago. She is working on an illustrated novel that includes all that. Maria live

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