PPBF: There’s A Hippopotamus On Our Roof Eating Cake

57B99CA0-CDBC-43FA-B9C2-A66FB9F4B201Author: Hazel Edwards
Deborah Niland
Holiday House, 1980
Themes: hippos, imagination, humorous stories
OpeningOur roof leaks. Drip! Drip! Drip!

B356756B-EE32-4B50-81EB-5D76CA7A6157Summary: (from my library catalog) The hippopotamus who lives on the roof is able to do all the things the little girl who lives below isn’t allowed to do.

70BCCCF1-568A-4493-AB8A-873950AEBE68I like this book because: Simple, funny, and it’s based on a true story. Ha! Well, it’s true to our main character. And while we never find out what her name is, we surely know her! The bold yet spare palette capture the reader’s focused attention and get right to the point with very few lines. Hope you can find this ol’ gem!

EEC01D8C-EE0E-4347-A0CB-F61A5A7B8220Resources/Activities: write and illustrate your own stories based on what may be the reason for household problems and quirks. What makes the floors creak? Why won’t the toilet stop running? What goes bump in the night? Was that a squirrel or a branch or…?

4DA6199D-548F-40EB-A7BA-840E0C790E08For more Perfect Picture Book Friday picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.


PPBF: Hippospotamus

Author: Jeanne Willis
Illustrator: Tony Ross
Publisher: Andersen Press USA, 2012
Age Level: 5-7
Themes: imagination, animals, story in rhyme
Opening: Hippopotamus had a spotamus…on her bottomus.
Summary: (From the flap) “It’s a  blister!” said her sister. “It’s the measles!” said Weasel. “”It’s hippopox!” said Fox. But in the end the spotamus turns out to be something hilariously unexpected!

Why I like this book: I am just discovering the marvelously vibrant art of Tony Ross, so I put this title on hold at the biblioteca, but I fell in love with Jeanne Willis’ silly sense of humor and spot-on rhymes! How can you not love Weasel’s next line: “You sat in a breezle and caught a diseasel…” It goes on, but I don’t want to spoil the fun!
Resources/Activities: make a new party game: Pin the Spot on the Hippospotamus; make a list of a rhyming words for animals (fox/socks, cat/hat, etc.); play a game listing an animal for each letter of the alphabet.
For more PPBF picks, go to Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog – HERE