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Mouse and Hippo
First edition.
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2017]
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21 x 27 cm
General Note:
"A Paula Wiseman Book."
"When Hippo saves Mouse after he falls into the lake, Mouse paints his new friend's portrait to thank him"-- Provided by publisher.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader LG 2 0.5 187728 EN.


Call Number
J White (Twohy)
JP Twohy

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"Entertaining...A storytime hit." -- School Library Journal
"Young listeners will be pleased to make the acquaintance of these two cheerful creatures and, quite possibly, inspired to view the world in engaging new ways." -- Kirkus Reviews
" Though they see the world differently and are such physical opposites...their open acceptance of each other's point of view shows they share the most important quality needed for meaningful connection." -- The Horn Book

Mouse creates a painting for his new friend Hippo--and Hippo returns the kindness in an unlikely way--in this delightful story about doing your best to make a friend happy!

Mouse offers to paint a portrait of his new friend Hippo, but Hippo doesn't quite fit on Mouse's canvas. Still Hippo is delighted. In return, Hippo returns the favor for his new friend in the best way he knows how. In a surprising story sure to cause giggles, picture book readers will ask for this book over and over again!

Author Notes

Mike Twohy is a Geisel Honor Award-winning author and illustrator of several books for children, including Poindexter Makes a Friend , Outfoxed about which The Horn Book said, "story time audiences will howl with laughter," Wake Up, Rupert! , and Mouse and Hippo , which the School Library Journal called "a story time hit." He has been a longtime contributor of cartoons to The New Yorker . He lives with his wife, cats, and yellow Lab in Berkeley, California.

Reviews 3

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-How does a mouse view a hippo? How does a hippo view a mouse? And, more important, can they be friends? This is an entertaining commentary on artistic perspective, but at heart, it's a comical story of friendship. Twohy uses India ink, watercolor, and felt pen to create cartoon depictions of a cheerful though slightly ratty-looking mouse and an equally jolly hippo. They meet unexpectedly when Mouse accidentally sets up his painting easel on Hippo's back. Extensive use of white space draws readers' attention to the action as the unlikely pair bond over a mishap and an appreciation of painting. The first-person dialogue is presented in two different fonts and colors to easily delineate which character is speaking. Similar to Claudia Rueda's Is It Big or Is It Little?, this offering showcases the concept of relative size but in a more plot-driven fashion. The action is straightforward and simple, but the subtle and humorous lesson in perspective makes this book suitable for school-age kids, too. VERDICT Cheerful characters will give this title shelf appeal and make it a storytime hit and a favorite for art teachers as well.-Lisa Taylor, Jacksonville Public Library, FL © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

Twohy (Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run!) tells this warm friendship story entirely through dialogue, bolstered by airy, expressive mixed-media artwork. As the book opens, Mouse is seen contentedly painting at an easel on what appears to be a rock in the middle of a lake-but is actually the back of a submerged hippopotamus, who knocks Mouse into the water while attempting to scratch an itch. "Your itch was me... and... help... I can't swim!" shouts Mouse, flailing in the water. After a quick rescue, a friendship springs up as Mouse offers to paint Hippo's portrait. Hippo is thrilled with the result-a swath of gray that fills Mouse's tiny canvas-and returns the favor with an equally droll portrait of Mouse. "You made me look so cute!" exclaims Mouse (the painting is a tiny black dot on a white background). It's in no way a flashy story, but Twohy does a fine job of establishing his heroes' personalities while highlighting the rewards of opening one's eyes to new experiences and friendships. Ages 4-8. Agent: Elena Giovinazzo, Pippin Properties. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Horn Book Review

In this tale of two friends--and two portraits--Mouse offers to paint Hippo's portrait after Hippo rescues Mouse, and then Hippo reciprocates by painting Mouse's. There are sight gags and lively conversation, and the portraits capture their delighted subjects in comically abstract ways. Bright cartoon art with bold line-work using India ink, watercolor, and felt pens provides a visual narration for color-coded dialogue. (c) Copyright 2017. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.