Hippopotabus by Doug McLeod
This is the first in a series of ‘books that mean a lot to me’, they might be from my childhood or from my adulthood (assuming there is such a word).
Here’s the video I made with some help from my friend, Norlin. She’s the one behind the camera and that’s a der moment as you can’t see behind the camera.
I love this book, it’s a fabulous little book written by a 14 year old in 1976 in Melbourne. It was given to me by the author’s sister shortly after it was published and I was very impressed to know the sister of a published author. It’s quite a fun little book and yes, you did see the title correctly. It’s full of poems and lovely little drawings.
I’ve managed to keep this book all these years and have even read it to my kids, I hope they didn’t think it was torture. Doing a bit of research about Doug I found he’s been a writer with some of my favourite programmes including the Comedy Company and Kath and Kim.
You can read lots more about the author Doug’s website. Or a little bit about him on IMDB, this website is not Doug’s Hippopotabus but someone else’s and just for fun I’m also including a link Doug on The National Library website