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Hip Hippos: Alligator Tales    by Jane Yolen & Vlasta van Kampen order for
Hip Hippos
by Jane Yolen
Order:  USA  Can
Key Porter, 2008 (2008)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Hip Hippos is one in a trio of Hippos-themed Alligator Tales board books - along with One Hippo Hops and Sad, Mad, Glad Hippos - written by Jane Yolen and marvellously illustrated by Vlasta van Kampen.

It opens on a chorus line of 'Hippos wearing / Bright red tank tops, / Hippos dressed in / Purple flip-flops.' Next comes a bride and groom, followed by hippos in cowboy gear, and hippos slurping spaghetti, wearing dresses and 'Bibs to catch / All kinds of messes.'

We see hippos attired for other activities, and then - as always in this engaging series, and despite their fine and colorful clothes, these hip hippos all happily follow one another 'Into the wallow.'

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