This charming book answers the question the title poses…what would life be like if all the hippos escaped the zoo and came to live with us. You’ll see hippos engaging in the same everyday activities that humans do but with a humorous twist that their girth provides. The illustrations created by Marina Kushnir for Hippos are delightful, the rhymes are cute, and overall, it’s both a fun and sweet book.
Targeted Age Group:: 3-7
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I was sitting on the sofa one evening, brain idling, when I heard a news story about some hippos briefly escaping a zoo. The Great Hippo Escape, as I thought of it, only lasted a few minutes but it captured my attention. I found myself wondering where would hippos go, and how would they survive. Then humor inserted itself and I thought …they could come and live with us. From there I was off and imagining the different scenarios they could be engaged in. The rhymes and text came next, and considering the visuals, the text and rhymes came easily. In a way, you could say the book wrote itself. And then Marina’s creativity completed the look and visual story of the book.
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By way of introduction let me just say I'm a Brooklyn born New Yorker who has been publishing books, off and on, since the 90's.
The first book I published was a tea book called SpecialTeas… that was then followed by a much smaller, miniature book titled Tea Time. That little book graced the counters of gift shops just about everywhere for nearly a decade. Along the way, I wrote two other cookbooks and then, two books with doll themes. The first was a 'how to' on making miniature doll shoes and the second was on the art of miniature millinery. Both books were collaborations with Timothy J. Alberts and Pat Henry. And, let me just add that several of these books such as SpecialTeas, Tea Time and the 'how to' books, can still be found here at Amazon.
And now, a new venture, the Hippo book…"What If…All The Hippos Got Loose And Came To Live With Us?" It's my first effort at publishing a children's book, and if all goes well, it will be the first in the 'What if' series. Check it out and see if a child you love, or even an adult, would like to have this book.