Ho! Ho! Ho! There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Christmas Cake by Hazel Edwards
Illustrated by Deborah Niland
Published by Penguin Books
Date: 1 October 2018
I have very fond memories of reading There is a Hippopotamus on our Roof Eating Cake by Hazel Edwards myself when I was about 5. I was delighted to be given Ho! Ho! Ho! There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Christmas Cake to share with you all now, and to see that Hazel is still delighting us with her writing.
Like the original book, I love the imagination of the child character who knows that there is a Hippopotamus on the roof getting ready for Christmas. His Hippopotamus friend is making Christmas cake of course, a list for Santa, sitting on Christmas trees with his wobbly bottom, and making cards. With Bangs, clatters and Crashes, there is sometimes a noisy Hippo, at other times he is graceful as he dances his own special dance. This Hippopotamus is also very funny, particularly in his list to Santa where every second idea is CAKE!
I am a great fan of books that depict children that use their imagination. It is also a book that is clear and easy to read, using language that children understand. The illustrations by Deborah Niland are endearing and funny.
I recommend this book for preschoolers and older, who have the best imagination of all, and probably have their own hippopotamus on their roof getting ready for Christmas. It’s engaging, it celebrates all things Christmas, and it’s funny. Thank you Hazel Edwards for continuing to delight us with Hippopotamus on the Roof books.
Thank you Penguin Books for the opportunity to read and review this book.