That’s Not a Hippopotamus!

Book Author & Illustrator Juliette MacIver & Sarah Davis
Rights Available World excl. World English
Rights Sold China

In That’s Not a Hippopotamus, a class trip to the zoo descends into a chaotic hunt for the missing hippopotamus. Teacher, zookeeper and all the children join the search. The noise and drama reach a pitch, and no one thinks to listen to quiet Liam, who really might know where the hippo is hiding.

This is a deft and delightful tale, packed with word play and madcap energy—and with a whole different story to enjoy in the illustrations.

I see him, Miss! He’s super tall!
I’ll fetch him in no time at all.

I got’im, Miss! I got’im, Miss!
I KNEW that I could spot’im, Miss!

A popular children’s book for ages 3-5

Best Picture Book winner, New Zealand Children’s Book Awards 2018

About the Author
Juliette MacIver is the author of 18 picture books. She has received the Storylines Notable Book Award six times, and has had multiple nominations for awards in NZ, Australia and the U.S. She recently won Best Picture Book in the NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. Juliette lives with her husband and four children in Wellington.

Sarah Davis
grew up in New Zealand. She won the 2009 Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Crichton Award for Best New Illustrator. She recently won Best Picture Book in the NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. Sarah lives in Sydney, Australia.


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Gecko Press


250 x 260mm



Picture Book

Age range
2-5 years

Publication Date

Rights Available:
World excl. World English

Rights Sold:

Rights Agents:


Anja Mundt, Mundt Agency

China & Taiwan
ShuHuai (China)
Sushin (Taiwan)

Ayşenur Müslümanoğlu, AnatoliaLit

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A picture book dream team, MacIver’s bouncy, pitch-perfect rhymes and hilarious stories are perfectly captured in Davis’ quirky illustrations.

The Children’s Bookshop

Short snappy rhyming text carries the story along, and the illustrations – particularly of the children – are charming.

Otago Daily Times