The Hippo-not-amus by Tony Payne

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From the best-selling illustrator of GIRAFFES CAN'T DANCE, Guy Parker-Rees, comes a silly story about a young hippo trying to be everything he's not.

Portly didn't ask to be a hippo; he was just born that way. And frankly, he's starting to find being a hippo kind of boring - standing in the water all day up to his eyeballs, eating grass - no fun at all! So he embarks on a journey to figure out just what kind of animal to be, and along the way, meets all kinds of creatures.
As he tries to do everything they do, this heartwarming story of a youngster searching for his identity and trying to be somebody he's not will strike a chord with all readers. Repetitive, silly text and bright illustrations make HIPPO-NOT-AMUS an infectiously fun read.
 

About Tony Payne

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Payne has written several stories and scripts for animated television programs for networks such as the BBC and ITV. He also illustrates children's cards and books. Payne has written several stories and scripts for animated television programs for networks such as the BBC and ITV. Ian Whybrow's previous titles include "Again," "The Tickle Book," the award-winning Harry and the Dinosaurs series, and the Little Wolf series. Guy Parker-Rees is the illustrator of" Ducky Dives In, Perky Little Penguins," "Quiet!, "and the award-winning "Spookyrumpus.
 
Published February 1, 2004 by Orchard. 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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In this tale of a pink-nosed young hippo named Portly from a husband-and-wife team, the hero spurns his "boring old grass" existence, and visits other animals to see if it might be nicer being them.

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