Illustrator: Tony Ross

Binding: Paperback

Imprint: Andersen Press

Age 3+

Animal Stories General Fiction Picture Books

Hippopotamus had a spotamus . . . on her bottomus!
"It's Measles!" said Weasel.
"It's Hippopox!" said Fox.
"It's Jungle Fever!" said Beaver.

But the spot on Hippo's bottomus was not a diseasel, not even a spotamus but something quite silly . . .


Jeanne Willis is one of the most successful children's picture book authors. She also writes for television and video companies, and has two children. Amongst her many other prize-winning books, sha has written Who's in the Loo? which was shortlisted for the Nottingham Children's Book Award, won the Red House Picture Book Award and was the overall winner at the Sheffield Children's Book Award.

Tony Ross has illustrated over 800 books, which are published all over the world. Dr Xargle's Book of Earth Tiggers was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal and Tadpole's Promise won the Silver medal in the Smaries Prize 2003. He was the British choice for the Andersen Medal 2004. The Nanny Goat's Kid was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2010. A major animated series of Tony Ross's Little Princess is curently showing on Channel 5's Milkshake. He lives in Oxfordshire.


The rhyming has vim and is great to read aloud


A cracker of a story told with flair and invention . . . Excellent jokes abound

Julia Eccleshare, Lovereading 'Book of the Month'

Especially fun to read aloud

Children's Books Ireland, Inis

Wonderful . . . the pace is fast and uplifting. The illustrations in this gorgeous book are bright and comical.

We Love This Book

A wonderful read-aloud, one that small children ITCH to get their hands on, to try for themselves . . . get the book asap!

Books for Keeps

Highly amusing boisterous rhyming romp.


Look for uproarious responses from young audiences, especially at the final page turn.


An inventive, wacky and very funny story is perfectly complemented by mirth-inducing illustrations, which will keep both adults and young readers entertained as they enjoy sharing this delightful picture book.


Watch where you’re sitting when you read it!

Newmarket Journal

Offers fabulous word play that will delight all children

Nursery World

A laugh-out-loud rhyming book that will delight all little readers and leave them shouting “Read it again, Mum!”

Baby & Me

Very silly, very funny, great for sharing

The Bookbag



I challenge you to read this rivetingly ridiculous rhyming story without chuckling or laughing out loud . . . hilarious! This author-illustrator team are just magic.


Wonderfully inventive . . . Great to read aloud and share.

The School Librarian

We are huge fans of rhyming books but we think this book tops any we have ever read!

Fiction Fascination

Hilarious. The illustrations are pefect and set the story off exceptionally well.

Parents in Touch

Hilarious. Full of laughs for the very young.

Newbury Weekly News

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