Hippos Go Berserk!: The 45th Anniversary Edition

Hippos Go Berserk!: The 45th Anniversary Edition
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August 30, 2022
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From the one and only Sandra Boynton comes an all-new deluxe edition of the picture book that started it all: Hippos Go Berserk! Celebrated for 45 wild years, this modern classic has been completely redrawn and redesigned by Boynton for a new generation of readers (and hippos.) And don’t worry—the board book version (first published in 1996) is still alive and well!

The story begins quite simply, with no hint of the chaos ahead:
One hippo, all alone, calls two hippos on the phone…

Exuberant hippopotamus guests show up in ever-increasing numbers, until an all-night party is inevitable. This snazzy new edition honors the enduring power of a deft and nuanced depiction of the Hippo Condition.

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delightful picture book
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HIPPOS GO BERSERK is a delightful picture book with plenty of rhyme, silliness, and fun! It begins with one hippo all alone, who then calls some hippos on the phone, and soon there are so many hippos showing up for the party. After a great night of partying, the hippos must leave at break of day. They head out in groups until there is just the one hippo left alone again.

What I loved: It is so easy to see why this is such an enduring book for toddlers and preschoolers. It is simple but silly and plenty of fun. The detailed illustrations add a lot for children to explore on each page. The hippos are adorable, and they all arrive and leave in style. The counting up and down is great for early number recognition, and the rhyming style is fun for children to hear and for parents to read aloud. This does not feel like the typical counting book and has a delightful style that gives the numbers quickly, though children can count them as desired.

Boynton really has a great way with books that toddlers will love, and this is another timeless classic that children can experience in a new way. The picture book style presents the story with larger images that make them seem bright, colorful, and inviting, and will work for preschoolers, who will love experiencing this classic with their caregivers.

Final verdict: HIPPOS GO BERSERK! is a delightful picture book that is sure to charm toddlers and preschoolers. This new anniversary edition is a fun one for caregivers to share with little ones.
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