Wednesday, June 18

I've Lost My Hippopotamus

I’ve Lost My Hippopotamus
Written by Jack Prelutsky, illustrated by Jackie Urbanovic

My rating: ★★★

ISBN: 978-0062014573
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Date of publication: March 13, 2012
Age: Grades 1 - 4
Genre: Poetry, Humor

Themes: Animal life, poetry, rhymes 

I’ve Lost My Hippopotamus is a collection of a hundred or more of Prelutsky’s poems. The general theme behind the poems is animal life, such as “If Pigeons Weighed as Much as Pigs.” But of course, his humor is prevalent with poems about such animals as the "wiguana," "halibutterfly," and "gludu." The corresponding pictures are rather entertaining.

I did start out rather biased because I love Jack Prelutsky’s work. This new collection did not disappoint. They are still very imaginative with just the right amount of humor. Plus, he is able to find a rhyme for the word “subterfuge.” Yeah. It’s a perfect read for children—sometimes challenging, but always fun.

Find it at your library or on Amazon

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