Hippos Go Berserk! Paperback – Nov 1 1996
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How dull, to be one hippo all alone... until the one calls two other hippos on the phone. Soon three more hippos are at the door, bringing along another four. Before the night is through, a houseful of hippos (and one beast) has joined the one hippo for a boisterous bash.
All through the hippo night,In clusters of nine, eight, seven, six, and so on, the hippos depart, finally leaving the one hippo "alone once more, [missing] the other forty-four."
Hippos play with great delight.
But at the hippo break of day,
The hippos all must go away.
The well-loved Sandra Boynton wrote this tribute to silliness in 1977, inspiring generations of the very young to learn to count. Lively, cute new illustrations complement this edition, with big numbers (one through nine, and nine through one) boldly placed on the corner of each page. The sturdy board book will withstand lots of eager counting fingers, and maybe even a berserk hippo or two. Boynton's familiar style can be seen in scads of other delightfully nonsensical titles, including Barnyard Dance! and Moo, Baa, La La La!. (Ages 3 to 7) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to the Board book edition.
From Publishers Weekly
One of the silliest, most fun counting books around features "One hippo, all alone, calls two hippos on the phone," until a gang of 45 hippos assembles for a party.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This is one of my 14 month old daughter's very favorite books. She carries it around the house with her. She LOVES the middle page (the climax of the story), where "all the hippos go beserk" and has caught on to the change in the rhythm of the story and the change in my voice when I read it. She thumbs through the book and when she gets to that page she shrieks and grins and bounces up and down. Overall it's well-written and well-illustrated.
I have also found that this is one of the few toddler books that "speaks to" me personally. I really enjoy the cute story and the rhythm of the prose, but I also find that when I read the story it leaves me reflective. Parenthood can be lonely at times, and I'm inspired by the lonely hippo at the beginning of the story who takes the initiative to call some friends and throw a party. Whenever I read this book I am left feeling more lighthearted and inspired to call a few friends myself.
Most counting books only count in one direction. This fun book counts up and then back down again (although it doesn't use zero). It even makes mention of how many they add up to.
Typical Boynton illustrations add to the fun of this book.
Boynton also adds some humorous touches that Mom and Dad can appreciate. Look for the Hippo Whistler's Mother!
Most recent customer reviews
This book is wonderful, I love to read it and my granddaughter loves to hold the little book and turn the pages.Published 23 months ago by Susan
This book was a gift to my great nephew at Christmas and he was captivated by the story and the pictures.Published on Feb. 23 2014 by Jan Church
Of all the Sandra Boynton books, this is probably my favourite! So much fun! Love the "hippos go beserk" page, and it's also a good learning tool for counting.Published on Oct. 12 2012 by Cat Marjory
My daughter and I read stories every night before bedtime. Hippos Go Berserk has been a HUGE favourite for a long time now! Read morePublished on July 19 2009 by R Wyda
How wacky can you be as you read the page "All the hippo's go beserk!"
This was a real let-down-your-hair book for my kids who last year at the ages of 19, 16 and 13 could... Read more
My daughter, who is 5 months old, loves this book and pays attention through the whole book. She loves Daddy's expressions and excitement about the Hippo Party. Read morePublished on March 17 2004 by Randall Caudle
My son is only 5 months old and just loves this book. He smiles and laughs at the cute pictures. The rhyming text gives the book a nice flow. Read morePublished on Feb. 15 2003 by D. Schlott