Mccarthy Happy Hiding Hippos

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Happy Hiding Hippos

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9780027654462: Happy Hiding Hippos

A lively, playful verse, complemented by gently humorous full-color artwork, follows a fun-filled group of hippos as they cavort from house to town to park in a freewheeling game of hide-and-seek.

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From Publishers Weekly:

The lovable lugs from McCarthy's Ten Little Hippos graduate to a game of hide-and-seek in this lighthearted venture. The premise alone is funny, but ample visual silliness ensures many kid laughs. The hippos are not exactly adept at self-concealment; one dons a lamp shade, pretending to be a lamp; another tries to blend in with a cactus. The game moves from house to costume shop to park, until rain herds the hippos back home, where they settle into bed. Pleasing rhymes relate their antics: "Down the streets and through the shops, / in and out they zoom. / When happy hippos hide, / we all must make some room." McCarthy's pastel watercolor hippos may not be inventively rendered, but their accoutrements--tutus, top hats, a Rapunzel-like plait--give them just enough detail to tickle a child's funny bone. Ages 2-6.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal:

PreSchool-K-A troupe of theatrical hippos living at the Elite Boarding Home burst out of the house to cavort all over town in a frenetic game of hide and seek. Some wear green masks and red cloaks, one a ballet costume, one a ball gown and wig, and another a band uniform. They gaily invade the shops and end up in the park where a rainstorm sends them home. The text uses alliteration, repetition, and a bouncing rhythm to tell the brief, unexciting story. Double-page watercolor illustrations in a flat cartoon style and cheerful pastel shades show chunky, flesh-toned, anthropomorphic hippos busy being silly. Their whimsicality is only mildly amusing.
Patricia Pearl Dole, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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