A te reo Maori edition of this deft and delightful tale, packed with word play and madcap energy

A class trip to the zoo descends into a chaotic hunt for the missing hippopotamus. Teacher, zookeeper and all the children join the search. The noise and drama reach a pitch, and no one thinks to listen to quiet Kauri, who really might know where the hippo is hiding.

Me uaua ne, e Whae, te hipohipo ngaro ai! Mei kore matou ko aku hoa, nga aruaru hipo toa


Juliette MacIver is a picture-book wrtier and mother of four, who lives in Wellington, New Zealand. Her popular books are regularly shortlisted for awards.

Sarah Davis has illustrated more than 30 books. She has won and been shortlisted for numerous awards in Australia and New Zealand, including the 2009 Children's Book Council of Australia's Crichton Award for Best New Illustrator for her first picture book.

Karena Kelly is a pukenga in the reo Maori programme at Victoria University of Wellington. She is a licensed translator, has a PhD specialising in Maori linguistics, and is a graduate of Te Panekiretanga o Te Reo Ma¯ori. She translated Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s Room on the Broom: He Wahi i te Puruma, and for Gecko Press, Poo Bum, by Stephanie Blake (Paraweta), and Who's Driving? by Leo Timmers (Ma Wai e Hautu?).


Praise for That’s Not a Hippopotamus: Bouyant fun for the very young.

Kirkus Reviews

Praise for That’s Not a Hippopotamus: A fantastic romp to read aloud but it would also be wonderful to share so the nuances in the illustrations can be fully appreciated. Recommended.

Magpies Magazine

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