cover image Hippos Can’t Swim: And Other Fun Facts

Hippos Can’t Swim: And Other Fun Facts

Laura Lyn DiSiena and Hannah Eliot, illus. by Pete Oswald. S&S/. Little Simon, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-4424-9324-7

Animal-based humor and goofy cartoons with the feel of 1950s animation fill the pages of this entertaining and lightly informational book. Bug-eyed turquoise jellyfish with bean-shaped heads and squiggly arms (some wear glasses, hair bows, and hats) “float with the currents of the ocean,” while on the opposite page, a nonthreatening-looking purple shark is paralyzed with fear over a long-lashed jellyfish’s bioluminescence. Elsewhere, readers learn that raccoons are “attracted to shiny objects” and ants “take about 250 naps throughout the day.” While the overall vibe is more Hanna-Barbera than National Geographic, there’s a good amount of animal factoids amid the silliness. Ages 4–8. (Feb.)