Published on October 21st, 2018 | by Andrew Bistak
Ho! Ho! There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Christmas Cake Book Review
Summary: Ho! Ho! There's a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Christmas Cake is an amusing book about boy and his hippo that happens to live on his roof.
Apart from one of the longest book titles in history, Ho! Ho! There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Christmas Cake is about a young boy who finds… well… a hippopotamus on his roof during the Christmas season. The book starts with our unnamed youngling hearing the sounds of thumping coming from his roof and although his dad says it’s a man fixing their roof, he believes it is a hippopotamus getting ready for Christmas.
As the boy prepares for his own Christmas with his family, his imagination comes up with all sorts of scenarios for this hippopotamus on the roof from it writing a Christmas list to the hippo dancing on the roof with fairy lights. So although we get the hippopotamus’ perspective of Christmas courtesy of our young protagonist, we also see his side of the story such as the family dressing up as Santa to singing at Carols by Candlelight with grandpa. So while there is a funny side to the story with the hippo, it’s also a family story about Christmas which really captures the spirit of this time.
So with the holiday season just months away, Ho! Ho! There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Christmas Cake makes for the perfect read during this time that is brought to life by writer Hazel Edwards and illustrated by Deborah Niland who draws a very happy hippo in some very amusing scenes. So while each page may have a small paragraph or two on each page, Hazel’s words really captures the scenario well and when matched with the colourful drawings of Deborah and with the theme of Christmas, this book screams the Merry Season.
In conclusion, Ho! Ho! There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Christmas Cake is an enjoyable read that will capture the imagination of children during one of the happiest times of the year, Christmas. Well written and illustrated, it’s also quite an original read.
Number Of Pages: 32
Published: 1st October 2018
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 26.0 x 22.0 x 0.9
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1