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Picture Books: There's a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake

40th Anniversary cover

  

Title:"There's a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake"

ISBN: 978 0-14-350136-7  P/b

ISBN: 978-0-670-07453-2  H/b Anniversary edition

Author: Hazel Edwards  

Illustrator: Deborah Niland 

Publisher: Penguin Books Australia 

E-book available.

Awards: Leipzig International Exhibition 'Best designed Books of the World' Bronze Medal 1982

Film Adaptation:  Pocket Bonfire: 2012 Little Big Shots National Festival.

Chinese translations: Children's Publishing House of Sichuan Province

AudioBook : all Hippo stories and music   Bolinda Audio

HIPPO NEWS: 

Hazel reading Hippo to grandsons for Australia Reading Hour   Youtube (Monash University Play Lab)

Portable Magic interviews Hazel Edwards

f-magazine  features author Hazel Edwards

Copyright Agency   'Classic Picture Book Turns 40 

40th Anniversary  40 Fun Memories of the Cake-Eating Hippo-The Two of Us.pdf  Other Resources

Buzz Words review'Surely no other picture book in the world has been as popular as this one.' (Di Bates) 

Early Childhood Educator & Hippo-fan A Whole World of Imagination.pdf

Herald-Sun Weekend Magazine  'Timeless tale'   herald-sun_40th_feb_29th_.jpeg

Author Hazel & Hippo book  Author Hazel Edwards  Say_Heidi photo

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Hazel& Hippo CharacterWonderful Memories:  Hip Hip Hippo Musical

Hazel meets her own character, 40 years after creating Hippo.

Author's View on Book Adapted to Stage.pdf

Hippo! Hippo! the Musical

The Weekly Review interview with Hazel 

Canberra Critics Circle review  'sat enthralled throughout... catchy bright hummable songs'

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Deborah Niland has hippo merchandise like a library bag.

Hippo Library Bag Dancing Hippo

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Our roof leaks. Drip! Drip! Drip! My daddy says there's a hole in our roof. I know why there's a hole.
There's a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake.

This is the story about a very big imaginary friend who can do anything! A colourful and reassuring picture book ideal for preschoolers.

The Hippopotamus on the Roof Eating Cake celebrated its 40th birthday in 2020!

'Not Just a Piece of Cake; Being an Author' Hazel's memoir, includes Q& A and 100 Hippo History anecdotes.

'Story Time' Exhibition (Aug 2019-Feb 2020) : National Library of Australia' Historic Children's Book Characters'   Buzz Words article 

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Buy your own copy of There's a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake

Visit your local bookshop or these online retailers have copies available now - just click through on the direct link and you can purchase online:

   

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There's a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake was adapted by Pocket Bonfire Productions as a short film. Starring Angus Sampson and Bridie Carter, the story follows rogue 9-year-old Zoe and a shower-singing, bike-riding, cake-eating Hippopotamus.

Click here to preview the movie trailer. 

Interview with Director Jaime Snyder

 Chosen to tour with Little Big Shots for Kids 

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Educational Resources for Teachers

To celebrate the anniversary of the original Hippopotamus book, Puffin created some fun Hippo Party materials. You can visit the Puffin website or download the items here.   Resources 

       

The Little Big Book Club also prepared a comprehensive Classroom Activity Sheet. Click here to download a copy

A range of resources are available for download below. Enjoy!

    

        You can find more resources and classroom ideas for all of Hazel's Books by clicking through to the Teachers Resources Page

        Premiers' Reading Challenges

        There's a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake is listed as approved reading on Premiers' Reading Challenges throughout Australia:

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        Reviews and Feedback

        You can email Hazel, tweet Hazelor post a message on her Facebook Page.You could also write your own book review. Here are some of the comments online. 

        Book Reviews

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