Hippo in the House

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If you’re the kind of person who gets enormously irritated by children’s books, no matter how beautifully illustrated, that have penguins hanging out with polar bears and lions bumping into tigers in the African jungle,then the news that Bloomsbury has got together with the Zoological Society of London to produce a series of animal stories that are as factually enlightening as they are entertaining will be extremely welcome. Beautifully illustrated and packed with fascinating detail, this title looks at the potential problems involved in playing host to a hippo. Where would it sleep? What would it eat? And could it be house-trained? Putting together a wall display of animals that do and don’t make good pets could be an interesting related activity.