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Hip, Hip, hooray day! : a Hip & Hop story
Saltzberg, Barney.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
San Diego : Harcourt, 2002.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Hop has trouble surprising Hip on her birthday.
General Note:
"Gulliver Books."
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.2 0.5 57759.
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PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Hip knows exactly what she wants for her birthday--a trip to the Royal Roller Rink. She leaves hints everywhere so that her best friend, Hop, can't possibly go wrong with her gift. Or can he? When Hop surprises Hip with disappointing presents--including a coupon for him to sort her socks--Hip is mad. Her birthday is a disaster! It takes their friends Snooter and Peapod to show Hip and Hop that trusting your best friend can bring about the best kind of surprises.
Once again the award-winning creator of Animal Kisses will have readers laughing aloud at the hilarious adventures of an exuberant hippo and a persnickety rabbit who are the unlikeliest of friends.

Author Notes

Barney Saltzberg was born in Los Angeles, California. He fell in love with drawing at an early age, encouraged primarily by his mother, who bought him drawing pads instead of coloring books so he could create his own art. Barney went on to study art at Sonoma State College in Northern California.

Barney moved back to Los Angeles in the late 1970's and took a class at Otis/Parsons in children's book writing and illustration. His first published children's book, It Must Have Been the Wind, came out of that class. He now has published close to thirty books.

Saltzberg carries around a sketchbook and is constantly doodling and writing things down. In addition to writing and illustrating children's books he has recorded two albums for children. Where, Oh, Where's My Underwear? and most recently The Soccer Mom From Outer Space! He has also written and produced songs for the PBS show, Arthur.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

In Barney Saltzberg's Hip, Hip, Hooray Day!: A Hip & Hop Story, the follow-up to The Problem with Pumpkins: A Hip & Hop Story, the titular hippo hopes for a birthday trip to the roller rink. So when his bunny best friend presents unfun surprises like a promise to sort Hip's socks and "a coupon for tooth polish and floss" the birthday boy gets mad. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-Hip, a pink hippo with a fondness for orange overalls, has a birthday coming up, and she knows exactly what she wants. She drops not-too-subtle hints to her best friend, Hop the rabbit. On the way to the library, they take a "shortcut" past the Royal Roller Rink where Hip declares that it would be great fun "to rent roller skates someday soon." She then proceeds to draw pictures of skates, trim the hedges like a pair of skates, and even to send a message up in the air on a kite. On the morning of the big day, Hop is decorating his home for a surprise party with the help of some friends when overanxious Hip arrives, spoiling all the plans as well as The Surprise. Plan B goes into action, and Hop presents her with not-very-exciting gifts like a coupon for a tooth polish and floss. The inevitable argument ensues and both storm off to their own homes. After some coaxing by friends, Hip comes back to Hop's house where she gets an even-better-than-she-planned gift: a new pair of roller skates. Orange, green, and blue hues are predominant in the watercolor-and-ink art. The pictures are workable companions to this story, although the plot is rather predictable. A supplemental purchase to augment picture-book collections.-Roxanne Burg, Thousand Oaks Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.