Hippopotamus Stew and Other Silly Animal Poems

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9780805073508: Hippopotamus Stew and Other Silly Animal Poems

Wonderful, wacky animal poems that will tickle the funny bone and bring on the giggles...

A centipede in running shoes. A lizard who dreams he's a dragon. A whale who prefers showers to baths. These are just a few of the quirky animal friends you'll meet in this imaginative poetry collection. Joan Horton and JoAnn Adinolfi team up again, this time to depict animals of all sizes--from mosquitoes to kangaroos--with the perfect mix of playful language and boisterous pictures. Who wouldn't be delighted by berry-flavored jellyfish?

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About the Author:

Joan Horton is the author of Halloween Hoots and Howls. She lives in Glastonbury, Connecticut.

JoAnn Adinolfi is the illustrator of Halloween Hoots and Howls and The Perfect Thanksgiving. She lives in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

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Kindergarten-Grade 3–Twenty-one poems about an assortment of animals in ridiculous situations. A centipede is on the hunt for matching shoes, a chameleon panics when the landscape turns plaid, and a hyena is a surefire audience for knock-knock jokes. The poetry is mildly amusing (although children may find a sheep wishing for synthetic wool confusing), but not as clever as either Douglas Florians Omnibeasts (Harcourt) or Betsy Lewins Animal Snackers (Holt, both 2004). Some lines scan awkwardly, and there are some real stretches for rhymes (parading/skating). The standout here is Adinolfis mixed-media art. The bright colors and energetic lines supply the humor and liveliness sometimes lacking in the verses. This is an additional purchase for large collections in which silly poetry is popular.–Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
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