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My children prefer vibrant, clear pictures to point at and to make commen My third kindle fire children's book. My children prefer vibrant, clear pictures to point at and to make comments about. Hippos are always a favorite. The pictures in this ebook were a bit more abstract and in pastels.

Sometimes, if the storyline is a little above the toddlers' attention span, I would abbreviate and make up a storyline if the illustrations would hold their attention. Unfortunately the story and the illustrations failed to hold their attention and mine. Feb 20, Jennifer rated it it was ok Shelves: family , feelings , hippo , preschool-storytime.

The idea behind this book is good, but the execution is lacking. The pictures are just okay, but it's the story line that falters. The big sister just keeps calling the little brother blushful, but it's hard to tell what that is supposed to mean. Is it an insult?


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It's not clear from the pictures or text why this is such a big deal. Not really recommended. Sep 30, Kelly rated it it was ok Shelves: childrens-picture-books , library-book.

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I didn't quite get why the hippo's sister was calling him 'blushful. Mar 19, Beyond the Pages rated it really liked it. What an adorably sweet book. I enjoyed the simplicity of the message. The author did a great job of contrasting the main character's sibling and the best friend. One served as a discourager, while the other was an encourager. One spoke negatively about the little hippo and the other spoke positively. I think what appealed to me most was the main character's response and level of confidence per interaction.

The artwork for this book depicted the story well. I received a complimentary copy of this What an adorably sweet book. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The words I have expressed are my own. Mar 27, Paula rated it it was ok Shelves: reads , ebook , netgalley-arc. Received a copy from NetGalley. The book is about a little hippo whose sister is always making fun of him and being mean with her telling everyone he's always blushing.

This is not one of his better book. The book felt flat even with all the colorful illustrations and simple text. With some pushing kids may read it and the story line is good for those with pushy sisters or other people, bullies, etc.

I just think they're better books than this that do that. Jun 24, Samantha rated it really liked it Shelves: brothers-and-sisters , picture-books , hippos. A baby brother hippo wonders if his sister's statements about him are true. She's the first person to comment when he makes a mistake or struggles to find an answer. When in doubt, the hippo turns to his friend whose assurances build the hippo up in the most positive way.

Watercolor illustrations are excellent. They do a great job of emohasizing what it feels like when older siblings try to define you. I loved the way the brother and sister changed in size relative to one another as the story pro A baby brother hippo wonders if his sister's statements about him are true. I loved the way the brother and sister changed in size relative to one another as the story progressed.

May 05, Heidi-Marie rated it it was ok Shelves: children , fiction , picture-books. Not at all what I thought this book would be like or about.

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This seems to fit more into something a parent would be looking for if their child has self-esteem issues, or you want to show how important a good friend is. Or maybe even how not to be mean. But it's certainly not a storytime book and probably isn't the best lap-read either. The pictures were back and forth for me.

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And the attempts at humor were all right. Mar 20, Elia rated it really liked it. Mean older sisters come in all shapes, sizes and species. I should know, being one of them.

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But, as this book shows us, love and friendship also come in all shapes, sizes and species, and despite the nay-sayers, it's totally ok to be exactly who you are, even if who you are is an adorable hippo who turns bright pink at the drop of a hat. Sep 09, Jenny rated it it was amazing Shelves: materials-for-youth , picture-book.

I really like the art style in this book. I like being able to see the brushstrokes - it helps me remember and appreciate the artist who made the illustrations. The story is silly but very cute. It's a very simple book in all aspects, but that's what makes it a sweet little read. Apr 05, Lisa rated it it was ok Recommends it for: parents with small children. Shelves: netgalley , nook , review , children-s-books.

This book was cute, but quite dull. I would have to give an A for effort.


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That is a difficult subject matter to try and put in a childrens book but quite important , but it seemed lacking. Sep 06, Misbah rated it it was ok Shelves: animal , childrens-books. A hippos big sister makes fun of him for blushing and his friend reassures him that their is a lot more to him. Aug 29, Ardis rated it really liked it.

Ah, the power a good friend can have! Nov 10, Katherine rated it really liked it Shelves: elementary. Don't listen to those who are negative toward you. Listen to your friends! Mar 27, Kimberly rated it liked it Shelves: children-s-books , picture-books. I thought it was cute, especially how big sister gets smaller and smaller as Lombard builds up Roosevelt. Not sure how much a kid would appreciate this one though. Dna rated it liked it Apr 08, Carol Krueger rated it liked it Jan 14, Kelly rated it really liked it Feb 17, T Tallent rated it it was amazing Aug 27, I just don't like his books.

The writing is so unbearably pretentious and I just can't see it appealing to children. For adults with the equivalent of a literary stick up their ass, fine. But I'd hate to think there are people inflicting these books upon actual kids.

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This book doesn't even make sense. It's supposedly about a hippopotamus who blushes. But he blushes seemingly continuously, so the concept of blushing and why his sister I don't know why I keep giving Chris Raschka more chances. But he blushes seemingly continuously, so the concept of blushing and why his sister gets her panties in a wad over it is unclear.

The sister is a bully, constantly berating the younger hippopotamus for blushing when he falls over, eats ice cream, or counts things. The little hippo doesn't even appear to blush; his pages have pinkish backgrounds, which further obscures the concept of blushing, and if kids don't already know what that means, this book isn't going to help them figure it out. The text, with its useless repetition is just as annoying as in some of Raschka's other books.

And the illustrations are the same rough, uninspiring, abstract kind I've seen in Crabby Crab and Arlene Sardine the two other Raschka books I've punished myself by reading.

I'm sorry, but I just don't see the appeal. I'm also confused as to why I keep picking these things up. When will I learn my lesson? View all 3 comments. Mar 27, Sandee rated it did not like it Shelves: free-on-kindle , galley , meh , weird-read. My third kindle fire children's book.