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Ridiculously hilarious Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross have created yet another cheeky gem. Shortlisted for the Red House Children's Book Award

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Jeanne Willis is one of the most successful children's picture book authors. She also writes for television and video companies, and has two children. Amongst her many other prize-winning books, sha has written Who's in the Loo? which was shortlisted for the Nottingham Children's Book Award, won the Red House Picture Book Award and was the overall winner at the Sheffield Children's Book Award. Tony Ross has illustrated over 800 books, which are published all over the world. Dr Xargle's Book of Earth Tiggers was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal and Tadpole's Promise won the Silver medal in the Smaries Prize 2003. He was the British choice for the Andersen Medal 2004. The Nanny Goat's Kid was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2010. A major animated series of Tony Ross's Little Princess is curently showing on Channel 5's Milkshake. He lives in Oxfordshire.


K-Gr 2-Hippopotamus is quite distressed to find a "spotamus" on her "bottomus." All of the other animals take turns with diagnoses. Weasel says it's measles, Fox calls it "hippopox," and Beaver says "jungle fever." Hippo listens carefully and tries the suggested cures, one after the other, to no avail. At last a boy wanders by, spies the spot, and knows exactly what it is. He reaches over and removes his misplaced gob of bubble gum from the hippo's rump. This entertaining account of a mysterious red spot is told primarily in rhyming triplets, making for an enjoyable read-aloud rhythm. Children and adults alike will delight in the wordplay. The cartoon-style, watercolor illustrations are expressive and perfectly complement the text.-Debbie Lewis, Alachua County Library District, FL (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

"The rhyming has vim and is great to read aloud" * Guardian *
"A cracker of a story told with flair and invention . . . Excellent jokes abound" * Julia Eccleshare, Lovereading 'Book of the Month' *
"Especially fun to read aloud" * Children's Books Ireland, Inis *
"Wonderful . . . the pace is fast and uplifting. The illustrations in this gorgeous book are bright and comical." * We Love This Book *
"A wonderful read-aloud, one that small children ITCH to get their hands on, to try for themselves . . . get the book asap!" * Books for Keeps *

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