A deft and delightful tale, packed with word play and madcap energy

A class trip to the zoo descents into a chathats-not-a-hippopootic hunt for the missing hippopotamus. Teacher, zookeeper and all the children join the search. The noise and drama reach a pitch, and no one thinks to listen to quiet Liam, who really might know where the hippo is hiding.

by Sarah Davis & Juliette MacIver

“MacIver’s bouncy, rhyming text betrays its antipodean origins with dropped H’s aplenty: “I got ’im, Miss! I got ’im, Miss!” Davis’ colorful illustrations match the text’s energy and zaniness, doing a better job than many at capturing racial differences among the children. Buoyant fun for the very young.” – Kirkus Reviews (US), August 2016

“Full of diversity, these adorable children are just what kids should be–silly and curious. The illustrations of the diverse class enhances adventure with colorful and racially diverse characters.” – Reviews Coming at YA (US) – August 2016

“It has all the frantic energy of something like Catch That Cookie, but it also speaks to those quiet kids in a class. Good-natured, funny, and a fabulous readaloud to groups of kids.” – Best of Books 2016, The School Library Journal (US), August 2016


Gecko Press | 32 pp | 250 x 260 mm | Oct 2016 | 3+

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