I got’im, Miss! I got’im, Miss!
I KNEW that I could spot’im, Miss!

That’s Not a Hippopotamus

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In That’s Not a Hippopotamus, A class trip to the zoo descends into a chaotic hunt for the missing hippopotamus. Teacher, zookeeper and all the children join the search. The noise and drama reach a pitch, and no one thinks to listen to quiet Liam.

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  • Description

    In That’s Not a Hippopotamus, A class trip to the zoo descends into a chaotic hunt for the missing hippopotamus. Teacher, zookeeper and all the children join the search. The noise and drama reach a pitch, and no one thinks to listen to quiet Liam, who really might know where the hippo is hiding.

    This 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 see him, Miss! He’s super tall!
    I’ll fetch him in no time at all.

    I got’im, Miss! I got’im, Miss!
    I KNEW that I could spot’im, Miss!


  • Book Details

    Country of Origin New Zealand
    Reader Age 2-5 year, 5-7 year
    Book Size
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  • Reviews

    1. The New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

      Winner 2017 Picture Book 

    2. New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

      Winner, Best Picture Book Award


  • Reviews

    1. Another Book to Read (NZ)

      If you like funny & engaging stories then you will love this one!! I read it last week at both of my Storytime sessions & it was an absolute hit…I highly recommend this one – the wonderful rhyming text make it a great read aloud & the illustrations are just brilliant.

    2. Lancashire Evening Post

      Juliette Maciver provides the delightful, fun-filled rhyming tale, packed with word play and madcap energy, while illustrator Sarah Davis tells a whole different story in the exceptionally bright and busy illustrations. A treasure trove of fun, discovery and comical detail!

    3. The Children’s Bookshop

      A picture book dream team, MacIver’s bouncy, pitch-perfect rhymes and hilarious stories are perfectly captured in Davis’ quirky illustrations.

    4. Poetry Box

      I am a big fan of Juliette’s writing because she fills her pen with bounce and leap and verve. Her imagination cartwheels and her sentences sing.

    5. Youth Services Book Review

      The illustrations are full of fun and energy while each child’s personality shines through. This is sure to be a popular title.

    6. Otago Daily Times

      Short snappy rhyming text carries the story along, and the illustrations – particularly of the children – are charming.

    7. Bookrapt (NZ)

      It’s a hilarious read-aloud story and could be a helpful cautionary tale prior to a class outing.

    8. Storywraps (US)

      This delightful tale will bring smiles to your face and cheers to your lips! Kids will ask for it again and again just for the pure joy of joining in the hippo hunt.

    9. Book Nerd Mommy (US)

      Juliette uses rhyme, rhythm, short sentences and repetition to write a text that is a blast to read! It has a fast and frantic feel to it that matches the illustrations.

    10. BookTrailers4KidsandYA (NZ)

      This is not the first time author Juliette MacIver and illustrator Sarah Davis have worked together and I am sure it won’t be the last. They work so well together that as a team they are a first rate pair.

    11. Best Books of 2016, The School Library Journal

      Good-natured, funny, and a fabulous readaloud to groups of kids.

    12. Reviews Coming at YA (US)

      Full of diversity, these adorable children are just what kids should be–silly and curious.

    13. Kirkus Reviews (US)

      Buoyant fun for the very young.


  • Reviews

    1. The New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

      Winner 2017 Picture Book 

    2. New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

      Winner, Best Picture Book Award

    3. The Reading Castle (US)

      That’s Not A Hippopotamus! is a fun picture book for kids in pre- and elementary-school. Our daughter wanted to read it again and again and again and again (…) and will take it to preschool tomorrow. That’s definitely a ribbon of excellence from this little reader!

    4. Best Books of 2016, The Spinoff (NZ)

      Sharply rhymed, energetically illustrated, this is frequent collaborators MacIver and Davis at their best.

    5. Magpies (AUS)

      A fantastic romp to read aloud but it would also be wonderful to share so the nuances in the illustrations can be fully appreciated.

    6. 50 Best Books for Kids 2016, NZ Listener

      A firm favourite from the Kiwi duo who created Toucan Can!

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