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What a Hippopota-Mess

64 pages
The poems in this book tell stories of animals and nature, from two sweaty hippos, a smiling lizard and some creepy crawlers to a few tricky dandelions. At the end of each poem, find out more in an interview with a key character or a list of fascinating facts.
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Text copyright ©  Pat Skene Illustrations copyright ©  Graham Ross
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Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication
Skene, Pat, -
 What a hippopota-mess! / Pat Skene; illustrated by Graham Ross.
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ISBN ---
 . Animals--Juvenile poetry. . Children’s poetry, Canadian (English).
I. Ross, Graham, - II. Title. III. Series.
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Summary:Playful poems about animals are combined with funny and informative interviews and lists of facts.
Orca Book Publishers gratefully acknowledges the support for its publishing programs provided by the following agencies: the Government of Canada through the Book Publishing Industry Development Program and the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Province of British Columbia through the BC Arts Council and the Book Publishing Tax Credit.
Designed by Lynn O’Rourke Typesetting by Doug McCaffry Illustrations by Graham Ross
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For Farrell and her sparkling imagination. —P.S.
For Olivia, our future singing star, and the star that lights up my life. —G.R.
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What a Hippopota-Mess!…7 An Interview with Pete and Sal…13
Cool Critter Facts…21
Smiling Jack…25 An Interview with the Lizard, Smiling Jack…33
My Sleeping Tree…38 Treevia for Kids…40 Blue Muckles Brown…45 An Interview with Blue Muckles Brown…54 Dandelion Wishes…57 More Dandy Lines…60
Now, if you’re like a lot of us
and think a hippopotamus
would never make a lot of fuss,
well, then you would be wrong.
I saw two hippopotami when they were peeking water-high. One hippo seemed a friendly guy, but not for very long!
He twitched his hippopota-ear and started swimming very near. He said, “Hey, Bud! Come over here!” I tried to run away.
He chased me with his hippo-feet. “Wait up!” he said. “My name is Pete!” And then he dragged me by the seat right back into the bay.
Pete swam the hippopota-stroke. He held me in a hippo-choke. I gave his meaty ribs a poke. He made a grunting noise.
Ÿat’s when Pete’s hippopota-pal said, “Hiya, Bud! My name is Sal. I’m just a hungry hippo-gal. And I eat little boys!”
She flicked her hippopota-tail
and saw my face was rather pale.
Sal’s hippopota-breath was stale.
She licked me on the nose.
I said, “You’re hippo-fooling me. I know you don’t eat meat, you see.” “You’re right, dear boy,” she said with glee. “But I could eat your clothes!”
Ÿey grinned those hippopota-smiles.
Ÿeir hippo-laughs were heard for miles.
But then we spotted crocodiles.
Ÿey looked like floating logs.
Pete acted like a hippo-ham. He honked and wheezed, but Sal yelled, “Scram!” And then we kind of gallop-swam, like hippo-jumping frogs.