Blog Tour and Review: Hippopotamister by John Patrick Green

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REVIEW

22716447Title: Hippopotamister
Author: John Patrick Green
Publisher: First Second
Publication date: May 10, 2016
Genres: Graphic Novel, Middle Grade
Source: Finished copy for review from publisher

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The zoo isn’t what it used to be. It’s run-down and falling apart. Hippo hardly ever gets any visitors. So he decides to set off for the outside with his friend Red Panda. To make it in the human world, Hippo will have to become a Hippopotamister: he’ll have to act like a human, get a job, and wear a hat as a disguise. He’s a good employee, whether he’s a construction worker, a hair stylist, or a sous chef. But what he really needs is a job where he can be himself.

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My Review:

Hippopotamister is a fun book about a hippo trying to navigate the human working world.  Hippo travels around, trying out different jobs with his friend Red Panda, failing spectacularly along the way.  This makes for a really silly, funny story for kids to enjoy.The graphic novel format works perfectly with this story.  Hippo tries on many hats along the way, and I found it to be a great teaching opportunity for my students to be exposed to a variety of different jobs and potential careers.  We all liked imagining what Hippo would try out next, and predicting what could go wrong.  The book ending has a great, positive message for young readers, which I always look for in books I read with my students.

My only complaint with this one is that I do think the length is a little long for the age of kids that would enjoy this story.  I feel that lower elementary age students would get the most out of this book, and 90+ pages is a lot to sit through for that age range.

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About the Author: 

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John Patrick Green grew up on Long Island and has worked in New York City since graduating from the School of Visual Arts with a degree in graphic design. He was the comics consultant for Disney Adventures magazine, where he wrote and often drew the popular Last Laugh feature. John is the co-creator and illustrator of the graphic novel series Jax Epoch and the Quicken Forbidden and Teen Boat!, both with writer Dave Roman. He has also worked as a writer, illustrator, or designer on comics and graphic novels for Nickelodeon Magazine, DreamWorks, Scholastic Graphix, and DC Comics. John lives in Brooklyn with zero cats and way too many LEGOs.

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Emily

13

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14

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15

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Tanya

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Margie

17

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Amber

18

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19

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Mia Swartz

20

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Trisha Loehr

21

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Mehsi

22

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Maura

23

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Ashlynn King

24

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25

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Martika

26

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Marcilia Loubach

27

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Stephanie Torina

28

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Heather DeFilippis

29

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Elizabeth

30

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Katie

31

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I received this book from First Second in exchange for an honest review.

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