Graphic Novel - 2016
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The zoo isn't what it used to be. It's run down, and Hippo hardly ever gets any visitors. So he decides to set off for the outside with his friend Red Panda. To make it in the human world, Hippo will have to become a Hippopotamister: he'll have to act like a human, get a job, and wear a hat as a disguise. He's a good employee, whether he's a construction worker, a hair stylist, or a sous chef. But what he really needs is a job where he can be himself.
Publisher: New York, New York : First Second, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781626722002
Branch Call Number: J GRE
Characteristics: 84 pages : chiefly colour illustrations ; 24 cm


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Mar 08, 2020

Graphic novel

Dec 25, 2017

A cute story about Hippo and his many hats. Hippo sets out to find a job but then he realizes that The zoo is in bad condition.

Jul 21, 2017

A Fun and Funny tale of animals and problem solving. Early readers as well as graphic novel lovers will enjoy this tale of a lovable and clever hippo and his well meaning friend Red Panda. Disney and Scholastic comics author John Patrick Green's (not to be confused with John Green Teen author) debut children's book leaves me waiting for the next one.

cmlibrary_rkimray Feb 20, 2017

A fast and funny graphic novel for younger readers. I loved watching Hippo try out different jobs, only to realize that the zoo needs him more than anyone else. Recommend for 2nd-3rd graders.

ArapahoeCatherine Jan 12, 2017

So cute! Join Hippo as he searches for his place in the world. I loved the art and that cheeky red panda!

nmaryann Aug 26, 2016

Outside the confines of the zoo, Hippopotamister struggles to find his place in the world. With the help of his friend, Red Panda, he tries out various occupations (sous chef, banker, dentist, construction worker, etc) in search of the ideal job. A wonderful story of self-discovery. A great first graphic novel for picture book readers.

Aug 23, 2016

So cute with lessons if you want to get deeper

Ms_Gaye Jul 11, 2016

Red Panda leaves the zoo to find new jobs among the humans. Soon, hippo (renamed Hippopotamister) joins him in a series of disastrous job situations, until the right combination finally presents itself. Colorful, humorous, and easy to read. Grades 1-3.

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Dec 25, 2017

StegoBro thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 5 and 10

Jul 21, 2017

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