Mouse and Hippo

Illustrated by Mike Twohy
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About The 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!

About The Author


Mike Twohy has been drawing cartoons as far back as he can remember. The author and illustrator of Poindexter Makes a Friend, Outfoxed, and Wake Up, Rupert!, he received his MFA in painting in 1973 from the University of California, Berkeley. In 1980 his first drawing was published in The New Yorker, which has published his cartoons regularly ever since. He has written and illustrated several books for children, including Outfoxed, about which the Horn Book said “storytime audiences will howl with laughter.” He lives with his wife, cat, and Newfoundland in Berkeley, California.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (February 2017)
  • Length: 32 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781481451246
  • Grades: P - 3
  • Ages: 4 - 8

Raves and Reviews

Two anthropomorphic animals meet unexpectedly and quickly become friends despite their differences. Twohy effectively creates distinct—and distinctly charming—personalities for his characters through their speech.. 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

– Kirkus Reviews, 12/1/16

"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 ... a storytime hit and a favorite for art teachers as well." -- School LIbrary Journal

– School Library Journal, January 2017

"Though they see the world differently and are such physical opposites that Hippo
can barely fit an eyeball into Mouse’s house, their open acceptance of each other’s
point of view shows they share the most important quality needed for meaningful
connection." -- THE HORN BOOK

– Horn Book Magazine, March/April 2017

Awards and Honors

  • Pennsylvania Reader's Choice Award Nominee

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