That’s what makes a hippopotamus smile! by Sean Taylor; illustrated by Laurent Cardon (2014)

[Published by Frances Lincoln]


So far this year we’ve established that elephants can’t jump, but did you know that hippopotamuses can smile? Well according to today’s hilarious picture book they can, and apparently it’s not that hard to encourage their toothy grins; opening the door wide, playing splishy sploshy games, running a good warm bath and feeding them salad-treats is all it takes. Your house may end up slightly compromised through this process, but come on, it’s gotta be worth it in the pursuit of hippo happiness.


Thank you Sean and Laurent, I now feel sufficiently prepared to send out an afternoon tea invitation to the hippos at my local zoo.

Check out That’s what makes a hippopotamus smile! at Auckland Libraries.

Or buy That’s What Makes a Hippopotamus Smile from Fishpond.


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