My son has loved this book since he was four months old. It is a charming poem about a shy hippo. He dances around the pages with silly word play. The bright, colorful pages are warm and adorable. The book is an imaginative tale of a shy hippo whose friends surprise him with a birthday party. It contains rhyme, and nonsensical words that are so fun to read and play to. My son loves for us to read to him, but this is by far his favorite! He giggles and claps as soon as he sees Maurice. We are even making his first birthday party a Maurice the Hippo Happy Birthday theme! I highly recommend this books to mommies who love to read to their babies.
Maurice the Hippo
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 18 years ago
Perfect first book!! My son is 5 months old and loves this book. The bright colors and rhythmic flow of the silly words are just wonderful. Not too long, not too short. If he's fussy, we sit down and read Maurice the Hippo over and over and he is happy. I would recommend this as a first book for every baby.
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 20 years ago
I bought this book and put it with all the others. Recently my 11 month old girl has started to bring me books to read and she will bring this one 4 or 5 times in a row - it's her favorite. The book has a cheerful, irreverent feel with sing-song rhymes and bright illustrations.
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 21 years ago
We renewed this as a library book three times before we broke down and bought it. We are also giving copies to a few friends this Christmas. Our eight month old LOVES this book. The bright pictures and rhymes just mesmerize her. Another nice feature is that it is a board book, yet larger in size than most board books. She loves to turn the pages. She gets excited just LOOKING at this book. Highly recommended for little ones.
The book is greatly entertaining to toddlers.
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 22 years ago
This book might seem silly to the adult at first, but the more you read it to your requesting toddler the more it starts to make sense. A shy hippo is lead unknowingly through different situations to eventually arrive at his birthday party. The colors are attention grabbing and the tone you develop while reading it aloud becomes as entertaining to you as to your listener.
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