Friday, April 7, 2017

*Review* Duck and Hippo in the Rainstorm

Genre: Children's Illustrated
Published: March 1, 2017
Pages: 32


Get ready for a rainy-day adventure with Duck and Hippo!
Duck and Hippo may be completely different, but they are best friends. When playful Duck invites careful Hippo to go for a walk in the rain, they have trouble sharing Duck’s umbrella. But Duck and Hippo won’t let that stop them. Soon they are puddle-jumping and sailing down the river! Until…WHOOOSH! A terrible wind sends the umbrella flying up, up, up into the air, with one friend holding on. What will Duck and Hippo do now? Jonathan London’s charming text and Andrew Joyner’s delightful art bring to life two lovable friends in this fun new series.
I won a copy of this book through the Goodreads First Reads giveaway program in the hopes that I would leave an honest review. 
This book annoyed me. I'm honestly refusing to even show my daughter I own it because I'm pretty sure she would want me to read it to her a million times, and I don't want to do that. It was incredibly repetitive, which while I understand that is good for young children, it's not something I enjoy reading to them, and where my youngest is on the brink of being able to read on her own, I'd really like to move on to slightly more complex stories for her. Stories with actual plots, which this story lacked. It was really just about two friends going for a walk in a rainstorm and trying to figure out how to share an umbrella for a few different activities. (Why Hippo doesn't have his own umbrella I do not know.)

Now that being said, the story does teach sharing, because Duck is more than happy to share his umbrella with Hippo for all the activities, including floating down the river (which the laws of physics indicate would be a major problem I think). Also, the illustrations were cute. They were vibrant and fun. And like I mentioned before, the book is repetitive which is good for young children.

So that's why, even though this book really annoyed me, I'm giving it 4 out of 5 stars. - Katie 
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About the Author and Illustrator
Jonathan London is the author of more than one hundred children’s books, including the bestselling Froggy series, illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz. Many of his books explore nature, among them Flamingo Sunset, illustrated by Kristina Rodanas, and Little Penguin: The Emperor of Antarctica, illustrated by Julie Olson. He is currently writing a middle-grade series, which started with Desolation Canyon, illustrated by his son Sean London. Jonathan lives in Graton, California. Learn more online at

Andrew Joyner is an illustrator, author, and cartoonist based in South Australia. He has illustrated a number of picture books, and he wrote and illustrated a chapter book series about a warthog named Boris. He has also illustrated for newspapers and magazines, including the Wall Street JournalReader’s Digest, and Rolling Stone magazine, among others. Learn more online at

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