Monday, August 9, 2010

Review: How To Clean A Hippopotamus by Steve Jenkins & Robin Page

How To Clean A Hippopotamus is a children's non fiction book looking at symbiotic relationships in the animal kingdom.

What a great book!  The information is presented in an entertaining and easily accessible manner, and the amazingly detailed paper collage illustrations are a delight in themselves.

This is a book which would be read again and again, not just as a valuable resource, but for the sheer delight in looking at the fantastic illustrations and reading the animals' stories.

I haven't read any other books by this husband and wife author/illustrator team - but I am certainly on the look out for more now.  Brilliant.

Highly recommended.


  1. Aaaaah, Steve Jenkins - the man can do no wrong, in my opinion. Beautiful beautiful books, and the kids at school love them too. I have his latest - Bones - on my wishlist now :-)

  2. Hi Miriam :-) We haven't got Bones in our catalogue yet, but I sure hope we do get it. I was looking at it in a bookshop the other day - it's great! Such a wide audience for it too.
    Another fantastic collage book is Jeannie Baker's latest - Mirror. I was oohing and aahing over that in the Children's Bookshop last week - it is just beautiful. The amount of work in those illustrations is mind blowing. And what a brilliant concept of the two cultures side by side.