Sandra Boynton is an absolute genius with words and pictures.
BUT NOT THE HIPPOPOTAMUS is one of the cleverest -- driest -- most delightful of all of her board books for wee ones. All four of my children absolutely loved it.
You should hear my husband read it out loud. No, really. He's a master at Boynton-out-loud reading.
One disappointment of this newer edition of the book is that the language has been a bit "dumbed down." The first page of the original edition reads, "A hog and a frog cavort in a bog." I suppose Ms. Boynton's editors figured that a lot of people don't know what the word "cavort" means.
Well, they won't know, will they, if editors remove words like that from books??
At any rate, I highly recommend this -- and any -- Sandra Boynton board book for your toddler or preschooler. They are, each and every one of them, a refreshing move away from the cloying, poorly written, overly-cutesy garbage that is littering the bookshelves these days.
Trust me -- you and your child will BOTH be delighted by this book!