Sharko and Hippo

by Elliott Kalan (Author) Andrea Tsurumi (Illustrator)

Sharko and Hippo
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade
With tongue-twisty wordplay and escalating absurdity, this is a fall-down-funny farce that will surprise and delight readers--from television comedy writer Elliott Kalan and acclaimed illustrator Andrea Tsurumi. When Sharko calls for a boat, Hippo pulls out a goat. He wants a pole, but Hippo gives him a pail. And instead of bait, a beet and a boot! Hippo's coat pockets seem to have everything except what Sharko asks for! Will their fishing trip ever get off the ground?

Kirkus Reviews

Amid the laughter and ridiculousness, readers will be able to muse over Hippo’s altruistic wisdom. (Picture book. 3-6)

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Publishers Weekly

Well-oiled comedic dialogue by Kalan (Horse Meets Dog) starts with a bang as Sharko and silent sidekick Hippo ready themselves to fish. When Sharko tells Hippo to launch the boat, Hippo reaches into a pocket and finds... a goat in a swimming costume, a plump bag of oats, and Sharko's polka-dot coat. Sharko asks for a fishing pole, and Hippo successively hands over a banana peel, a pail, and a plow. Readers stay laughing as Hippo brings still more rapid-fire confusion to the demanding Sharko's fishing trip. (His final grin explains why.) In amusing, heavy-lined illustrations by Tsurumi (Crab Cake), the duo's gymnastic eyebrows express myriad emotions as Hippo rummages around in multitudinous coat pockets. Movie buffs will identify the source of Hippo's silent humor as Harpo Marx, the contents of whose pockets often provided gags in Marx Brothers films. Kalan and Tsurumi pay homage to humor that fights bossiness with anarchy--Hippo may look foolish, but it's Sharko's plans that are utterly, gleefully foiled. Ages 4-8. Author's agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. Illustrator's agent: Stephen Barr, Writers House. (Sept.)

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Review quotes

"Well-oiled comedic dialogue by Kalan (Horse Meets Dog) starts with a bang as Sharko and silent sidekick Hippo ready themselves to fish.... Kalan and Tsurumi pay homage to humor that fights bossiness with anarchy—Hippo may look foolish, but it's Sharko's plans that are utterly, gleefully foiled."—Publishers Weekly
Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9780062791092
Lexile Measure
N/A
Guided Reading Level
N/A
Publisher
Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
Publication date
September 20, 2020
Series
-
BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV002070 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dogs
JUV002130 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Horses
Library of Congress categories
Fishing
Sharks
Plays on words
Hippopotamidae

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