Title: Ho! Ho! Ho! There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Christmas Cake
Written by Hazel Edwards and illustrated by Deborah Niland
Published by Penguin Random House
RRP: $19.99 (Hbk)

The excitement in this gorgeous Christmas picture book is palpable! As the family prepares for Christmas, making decorations, wrapping presents, putting up the Christmas tree and cooking special treats, the resident hippopotamus is doing the same. An old favourite, this new addition to the Hippopotamus books is sure to delight young audiences.

The design and layout of this book is specifically suited to a young audience. The text and narrator’s family is on the left and page, while the hippopotamus is on the right hand page. All pages are without borders and the left hand page includes the text on a white background. This uncluttered nature ensures the young audience will be fully involved in Christmas preparations. The brightly coloured endpapers round off this wonderfully presented and fun to read picture book.

If you are looking for a new Christmas book to join your storytime resources, this is it. Opportunities for activities abound, including craft, cooking and singing. This would be perfect in any setting, whether it be public library, school or pre-school library, or the home.

This is sure to become a huge favourite, so prepare for re-readings!

The Hippo Christmas Activity Pack can be downloaded here and is full of fun things to do after reading the book.

Many thanks to Penguin Random House for supplying this book for review.