The Truth About Hippos

illus. by Maxwell Eaton III. 32p. further reading. Roaring Brook. Feb. 2018. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9781626726673.
Gr 1–3—Accompanied by cartoon, comic book—like illustrations, information on the common hippo and the pygmy hippo is presented in a comedic fashion. The text moves along quickly with a factual sentence or two per page, while speech bubbles contain jokes and silly commentary. Their habitats, diets, activities, and bodies, including a nice sight gag on their bathroom habits, are covered. Additional brief facts are set in colorful boxes. Kids will enjoy the humor as the cute hippos are personified. The pygmy hippo, for example, describes itself as "small but sassy." In a sweet side story, a baby hippo searches for its oblivious mother throughout. The last spread succinctly recaps facts and jokes as well as includes books for further research, one for kids and one for adults. The slight back matter makes this more appropriate for browsing and a quick laugh rather than reports.
VERDICT Consider for an educational storytime or to motivate reluctant readers.

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