Zippo the Super Hippo by Kes Gray; illustrated by Nikki Dyson (2015)

[Published by MacMillan]


I am no child psychologist, but I can tell from the cover alone that Zippo is going to be a hit with the young ‘uns. “How Lucy? How do you know this?” Well team, I can guarantee that any book with the phrase “Bottom Power” on the cover, which features a large hippo in underpants will be instant “read it again” material.

Zippo the hippo has a hankering for being super, for having a super power to be more precise. By process of elimination, he and his friend Roxi hit upon flying as the perfect power for him.

“You’re right!” said Zippo. “If I could fly, I could get a super cape and some super boots and I could fly 20150729_082518around the world being Zippo the Super Hippo!” Zippo’s attempts at launching himself elegantly in the air fail miserably, ending each time with a giant splat, and an animal squashed beneath his admirable bottom. In good news, it turns out that super bottoms can be quite a weapon against misbehaving animals. And so, Zippo the Super Hippo is born.

There are all sorts of goodies hidden in the pages of this beautifully illustrated, hilariously told story. Come on down Zippo, we’ve saved you a place in the inner circle of friends here at myfriendlucy!

Check out Zippo the Super Hippo at Auckland Libraries.

Or buy Zippo the Super Hippo from Fishpond.


The great dog bottom swap by Peter Bently; illustrated by Mei Matsuoka (2009)

[Published by Andersen Press]

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If you’ve ever been bemused by dogs and their passion for bottom sniffing, then have I got the picture book for you. It turns out there’s a pretty simple explanation.

Many years ago at the Dogs’ Summer Ball, the guests were asked to hang their bottoms up at the entrance.


“So as they went in – every dog, pooch and pup –

They took off their bottoms and hung them all up.

Hundreds and hundreds of little pink ‘o’s

All neatly arranged in methodical rows.”

The event is bopping along merrily until… disaster strikes and fire breaks out. In the ensuing mayhem, dog bottoms are grabbed at IMG_1761
random. Which in a nutshell is why today, when dogs meet, they give each a right old sniffing in the hope that one day they will be reunited with their own derriere.

So simple, so hilarious. Between the rocking rhyme, fabulous illustrations and mad-cap story, how can this not be storytime gold?

Check out The great dog bottom swap at Auckland Libraries.

Or buy The great dog bottom swap from Fishpond.

[Recommended by Lucy E, thanks Lucy!]


Bear’s big bottom by Steve Smallman; illustrated by Emma Yarlett (2013)

Bottom. It’s just such a great word to say. Please join me in starting today’s review with a rousing round of, “bottoms!” If you enjoyed that, then you’re going to love this bookthere are 14 “bottoms” ready and waiting for you.

Bear is regular sized, except for… you guessed it, his sizable derriere. In general this minor disability hasn’t caused him any issues. But, sadly, on the fateful occasion of Squirrel’s birthday, Bear’s bottom runs amok. It smashes all the presents, empties the pool of water, and finally lands splat in the middle of the birthday cake.

In shame, Bear runs away and attempts to hide his troublesome bum in a tree trunk.

“The friends set off to search for Bear,IMG_1206

They shouted “Bear are you in there?”

But then they got a nasty scare…

Fox tried to bite their bottoms!”

Would you be surprised to discover that Bear and his large bottom, eventually save the day?

I love the rhyme and lyrical nature of this delightful butt-fueled picture book. There’s no denying it, kids love books featuring rear-ends, your audience will love you for this one. The story with its rolling rhyme will capture a big audience, and if you’re reading one-on-one, the detail in the fantastic illustrations will keep you entertained for a long time. Major love for Bear and his glorious bottom!

Check out Bear’s big bottom at Auckland Libraries.

Or buy Bear’s big bottom from Fishpond.