Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Hidden Hippo

Hidden Hippo

Joan Gannij
Illustrator:  Clare Beaton 
Board book
For ages 2 to 4
Barefoot Books, 2009   ISBN: 978-1846863295

We are going to go exploring in Africa, and our book companion really wants to see “A hippo or two, / Perhaps even three.” As we go from the lake with its pink flamingoes, to the trees where lions lie in the shade, we try to see if we can find a hippo. Is that one hiding under a lily pad in the lake? Here are some elephants splashing in the water getting themselves clean. Is that a hippo over there or a swimming elephant? Here are some crocodiles sunning themselves on a beach. Is that grey shape a rock or a sleeping hippo?

Little children are going to enjoy trying to find the hidden hippos in the African scenes show in this book. The cunning fabric art illustrations feature a variety of African animals, many of which will be familiar to young children. With its rhyming text, interesting illustrations, and hidden hippos this title is sure to keep little children happy.