Sharko and Hippo

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Sharko and Hippo
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Age Range
4+
Release Date
September 29, 2020
ISBN
978-0062791092
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With tongue-twisty wordplay and escalating absurdity, this is a fall-down-funny farce that will surprise and delight readers—from television comedy writer Elliott Kalan and acclaimed illustrator Andrea Tsurumi.

When Sharko calls for a boat, Hippo pulls out a goat.

He wants a pole, but Hippo gives him a pail.

And instead of bait, a beet and a boot!

Hippo’s coat pockets seem to have everything except what Sharko asks for!

Will their fishing trip ever get off the ground?

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funny book about two best friends
Overall rating
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
SHARKO AND HIPPO is a clever and comical book about two best friends who are going fishing for the day. Sharko does all the talking, and Hippo does all the carrying. Once they get to the shore, Sharko tells Hippo to launch the boat. However, Hippo misunderstands and launches a goat, a bag of oats, and even a coat (Sharko's coat). Sharko moves on to the pole, suggesting they fish from the dock, but Hippo again misunderstands. Is Hippo misunderstanding on purpose?

What I loved: Somehow, even though only one character talks, we have a whole story. It is pretty comical to see the things that Hippo comes up with, and delightful when Hippo and Sharko share a needed hug. I love to see positive behaviors modeled, so even though Sharko gets frustrated, he apologizes. These shenanigans can be used to introduce rhyming and alliteration, as the items Hippo pulls out fall in these categories. It's great when funny stories can also be used for teaching.

The illustrations are also super-fun with lots of bright colors and feature clever background details with the goat and penguin who were brought in on the adventure.

What left me wanting more: Kids will love it, but I was a little grossed out by the sneeze in a jar that is full of sloshing green liquid. This is a seriously minor thing.

Final verdict: Hilarity ensues on a fishing trip between two friends in this funny picture book. Recommend for children who are learning about rhymes and alliteration or just those who want a laugh.
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