I thought it was about time I reviewed and shared another lovely kiwi picture book. This is true kiwi fun.
A Hippo Lives in Havelock
Illustrated by: Scott Tulloch
Published by: David Bateman Ltd, New Zealand 2015
Ages: 2 – 6 years
Theme: fitting in, being accepted.
Opening Lines: When the hippo came to Havelock, no one quite knew what to do. There are no hippos in New Zealand. Well, only in the zoo.
Synopsis: Imagine the reaction when a hippo comes to live in the little South Island town of Havelock!
Brett Avison’s witty text and Scott Tulloch’s (no relation) irresistible illustrations reflect the small-town life we Kiwis are familiar with – the postie on a bike, our wildlife and seashells, the town hall and community gardens – making it a quintessential New Zealand story.
Why I like this: I couldn’t help but giggle at the idea of a hippo strolling into town anywhere in New Zealand let alone the small country town of Havelock. The rollicking rhyming text with typical kiwi humour and yes we can even make use of hippo poo. And although we might complain a little, kiwis are known for having everyone’s best interest at heart and hippo becomes a part of the community, even the tourists join in Scott Tulloch’s detailed illustrations depict things us Kiwis are familiar with: the NZ Post postie on a bike, camping scenes, the Cook Strait ferry, campervans, our wildlife and seashells, colonial wooden buildings, town halls and community gardens. Brett Avison is the author of bestselling children’s titles – A Bigger Digger, Stuck in the Muck and Ducks to Water. He lives in Havelock with his wife, cat and dog. This is a great book for kids and reading in class.
Illustrator’s blog… http://scottlucyt.wixsite.com/scotttulloch
Ask the kids to write down a favourite animal they would like to come and live in their town and why? Now write how that animal would be able to help their community.
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