Danny the potbellied ‘potamus lived happily in his swampy marsh. On having his teeth cleaned in normal swamp fashion, Danny overhears a worrying conversation that sends him hurrying to find a dentist. And when Danny returns to the marshes, fully fitted with braces, he is the envy of one particular reptile whose gleaming whites lead to a disastrous fate for a city dentist (who has clearly never heard that one should never smile at a crocodile!)

Yann and Gwendal Le Bec lead us through a visual romp from the swamps to the city in this gloriously funny tale of Danny the hippopotamus.


Yann and Gwendal Le Bec are brothers from Brittany, France. The siblings have both followed a career in illustration, each developing their own distinct and playful styles. Yann studied at the Royal College of Art, London, and has been commissioned by clients including Esquire and King's College London. Gwendal studied graphic design at l'Ecole Superieure des Arts Appliques Duperre, France. He has written and illustrated several children's books as well as contributing to major international newspapers: The New York Times and The New Yorker. Yann and Gwendal have worked closely together for many years. In 2012, they launched the website News of the Times, where they illustrated international news. Danny is their first colloborative children's book.

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