I've Lost My Hippopotamus (Hardcover)

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By Jack Prelutsky, Jackie Urbanovic (Illustrator)
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More than 100 poems grace the pages of Prelutsky’s newest gem. Part Dr. Seuss, part Doug Florian, and part Shel Silverstein but all Jack Prelutsky you’ll be laughing, grossed out, charmed and be groaning at the silliness, puns and unique stories presented in each poem. Children of all ages will read over and over; demand rereading and an adult will never worry about where their child is due to the peals of laughter and glee that will be heard! Jackie Urbanovic’s illustrations are the perfect addition to this must have collection. — Jeanette

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“More than 100 poems grace the pages of Prelutsky's newest gem. It's part Dr. Seuss, part Doug Florian, and part Shel Silverstein, but all Jack Prelutsky, and you'll be laughing, grossed out, charmed, and groaning at all of the silliness, puns, and unique stories presented in each poem. Children of all ages will read this collection over and over again. Urbanovic's illustrations are the perfect addition to this must-have volume.”
— Jeanette Sessions, Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center, VT


In the tradition of Jack Prelutsky's classic poetry collections The New Kid on the BlockIt's Raining Pigs & Noodles, and A Pizza the Size of the Sun, here is a book packed with more than 100 funny poems and silly pictures. Most of the poems are about animals—some are big and some are small, some have unusual interests, and some are just plain unusual.

Some of the animals in this book are real. They include:

  • the hippopotamus (she's missing)
  • the elephant (he's artistically talented)
  • the octopus (it's great at multitasking).

Others may not be quite so real. These include:

  • the wiguana (very hairy, for a lizard)
  • the halibutterfly (there's something fishy about it)
  • the gludu (quite clingy).

About the Author

Jack Prelutsky is the best-selling author of more than fifty books of poetry, including The New Kid on the Block, illustrated by James Stevenson, and Stardines Swim High Across the Sky, illustrated by Carin Berger. Jack Prelutsky lives in Washington State.

Jackie Urbanovic is the New York Times best-selling author and illustrator of Duck at the Door, Duck Soup, and Duck and Cover, as well as the illustrator of If You're Hoppy, by April Pulley Sayre. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Praise For…

“Another winning choice for newcomers and fans alike.”
— ALA Booklist

“With her wildly expressive characters and expertly conveyed physical comedy… this is sure to be a read-aloud hit.”
— ALA Booklist

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062014573
ISBN-10: 0062014579
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Date: March 13th, 2012
Pages: 144
Language: English
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