Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers:
Did you know that there are two types of hippo: the common hippo and the pygmy hippo (which is like a common hippo but smaller)?
Did you know that all hippos live in Africa?
Did you know that hippos can’t actually swim?
Discover these facts and many more in this nonfiction picture-book series that injects humor and bright, vivid animals into popular subjects like bears and hippos.
About: The Truth About Hippos is a nonfiction animal picture book written and illustrated by Maxwell Eaton III. It was published on 2/27/18 by Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, hardcover, 32 pages. The genres are picture book, nonfiction, animals, and science. There are 8 books in The Truth About Your Favorite Animals series: Hippos, Bears, Dolphins, Elephants, Crocodiles, Hawks, Butterflies, and Parrots. This book is intended for readers ages 4 to 8. According to the publisher’s website, “Roaring Brook Press is a publisher of high-quality literature for young readers of all ages, from toddler to teen, and in all categories: picture books, fiction, and nonfiction.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading The Truth About Hippos for my 22 months old daughter in the afternoon of 5/26/2021 and we finished it in one sitting. We read it again that night at bedtime. I loved the quick facts on hippos. I am actually only aware of the common hippos and was surprised to learn of the second type. The size of the hippo comparison to 4 cows were easy to imagine. It’s good to know what they eat and when they eat. These facts are easy to understand and remember. That illustration about the hippo’s mouth open wide and the accompanying fact was super cool. I enjoyed the humor and illustrations with the hippos especially how hippos can’t swim nor bike!
This book started by introducing the two types of hippos. From there on, each page will give a fact about common hippos versus pygmy hippos. Then there are pages where there’s information on how dangerous the hippos are and the unique way they do number two. In those pages there were no specification on the types of hippos so I’m guessing those facts are for both types of hippos. There are facts about what hippos like to do on their free time and it might be what readers like to do as well. At the end, there’s a review page to give readers quick facts about the differences between the two types of hippos.
The Truth About Hippos was well written and illustrated. Kids will for sure enjoy reading this book because it has fun facts and fun illustrations. There’s one fact that will make readers laugh out loud! I like that there’s definitions to big words like nocturnal and dense. There’s a map of Africa where Hippos reside. A hippo’s tooth can be as long as 20 inches! Whoa! Out of 8 books, I happened to grab randomly the author’s debut. I loved reading this hippo book for my daughter. I had my son read it too. I highly recommend everyone to read this book!
I rate it 5 stars!
Tag Lines: hippos, animal facts, humor, illustrations, picture book, animal fun facts,
About the Author & Illustrator:
Maxwell Eaton III is a highly tolerated author and illustrator of numerous books for children, including his The Truth About Your Favorite Animals series, which includes entries on dolphins, elephants, crocodiles, and more. When he isn’t drawing talking animals, Eaton can be found in a canoe with his wife and daughter in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State. (Photo obtained from the author’s Instagram page and info obtained from Macmillan’s website. Book pictures obtained from Edelweiss).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to MacKidsBooks for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.