Thursday, August 31, 2017

Duck and Hippo Lost and Found (Duck and Hippo Series) + Giveaway

Duck and Hippo Lost and Found (Duck and Hippo Series)

    • Author: Jonathan London
    • Illustrator: Andrew Joyner
    • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
    • Lexile Measure: 480 (What's this?)
    • Series: Duck and Hippo Series (Book 2)
    • Hardcover: 32 pages
    • Publisher: Two Lions (August 15, 2017)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1542045622
    • ISBN-13: 978-1542045629

    About the Book

    Duck and Hippo have a picnic and a new adventure!
    Duck and Hippo invite their friends Turtle, Elephant, and Pig to a picnic at their favorite pond. Yippee! It’s time to dance and sing, swim and eat. Everyone brings goodies to share…except Hippo. He didn’t bring ANYTHING. So Hippo sets off into the forest to find some berries. But he is gone a long time, and Duck begins to worry that Hippo is lost. What should his friends do to find him? Join Duck and Hippo on another fun adventure!

    About the Author

    Jonathan London has written more than one hundred children’s books, including the bestselling Froggy series, illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz. He is the author of the popular Duck and Hippo series, illustrated by Andrew Joyner. Many of his books explore nature, among them Flamingo Sunset, illustrated by Kristina Rodanas, and Little Penguin: The Emperor of Antarctica, illustrated by Julie Olson. He is also author of the Aaron’s Wilderness middle-grade series, illustrated by his son Sean London. Jonathan lives in Graton, California. Learn more online at


    About the Illustrator 

    Andrew Joyner is an illustrator, author, and cartoonist based in South Australia. He has illustrated a number of picture books, and he wrote and illustrated a chapter book series about a warthog named Boris. He is the illustrator of the popular Duck and Hippo series, written by Jonathan London. He has also illustrated for newspapers and magazines, including the Wall Street Journal, Reader’s Digest, and Rolling Stone magazine, among others. Learn more online at





    My Review

    I need to be perfectly honest- I loved Duck and Hippo Lost and Found. It was playful and the pages were covered in vibrant illustrations. However, my five-year-old let me know that she doesn't like this book. To clarify, the idea of being lost scares her, and so she doesn't want to read a book about being lost...even if the whole book is finding your friends. That said, there are parts of the book she loves- the pizza, the rainbows, and the party at the end. She reluctantly asks to read the book and frets while Hippo is lost so that she can celebrate when Hippo is found. At the same time, we end up talking about why it would be scary to wander off on your own and end up lost. That is the beauty of children's books- they promote discussions about topics that parents might not ever broach with their children- those scary topics parents want to forget.  

    My favorite page in the book is when Hippo looked on both sides of the rainbow for the summer's last berries. I love the idea of looking on both sides of a rainbow- not just the "other side" of the rainbow. This also happened to be my daughter's favorite page. Even though she was scared for Hippo, she rejoiced that he saw a rainbow from start to finish. 

    I am also partial to this book because it is by the author of the Froggy series. My kids, especially my oldest daughter, loved the Froggy books. They have been bedtime staples for years, and this new series by Jonathan London creates strong characters that stay with a child long after the book is closed.

    Hey! Don't leave yet! 

    There’s more fun with Duck and Hippo in the free downloadable activity pages:

    And I am excited to announce that I am hosting a giveaway! Two Lions is offering a set of the Duck and Hippo books--DUCK AND HIPPO IN THE RAINSTORM and DUCK AND HIPPO LOST AND FOUND--to one lucky winner (U.S. addresses).

    FTC Disclosure: Thank you Two Lions for sending me a copy of Duck and Hippo Lost and Found in exchange for a fair and honest review. This post contains affiliate links to Amazon. If you purchase the books through these links, I receive a small portion of the payment, which I use to support this blog. Thanks for your support!  


    1. I loved the Madeline books.

    2. I loved the Moomin series by Tove Jansson!

    3. Anything by Dr Seuss and then Nancy Drew as I got older.

    4. It’s important for us to teach kids how to deal with their worries. I’m glad the author discussed this matter in the book, I hope it’s helpful for all kids.


    I would love to hear your thoughts.

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