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.
May 10, 2016
I'm just going to come right out and say it, Hippopotamister is so far the best children's book I have reviewed to date. Hippo's good friend Red Panda made the story for me, which I believe was the intended purpose. He could not catch a break but that didn't dampen Hippo's attitude towards him. The overall message (which I won't say for spoilers) is meaningful. The friendship is admirable and his idea's are creative. Hippo and Red Panda try out different jobs that aren't too far fetched, for example, construction workers and accountants. I was actually quite stunned to see accountants as an occupation in a children's book. I personally recently graduated with an accounting degree, so this was especially nice to see. The artwork was simple yet descriptive. Below are some extra pictures drawn by the author himself. This book was adorable and funny, I would definitely recommend it to everyone.
About the Author
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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