Friday, December 8, 2017

Advent Reads Day 8: Bedtime Story: I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas by John Rox

Welcome to Advent Reads!
This is an event I have had on my blog for several years running now.  Each evening I feature a different holiday themed book. Think of it as your Book Advent Calendar! I post a variety of holiday books including romance, children's, middle-grade, mystery, paranormal, and I try to find some that are other holiday celebrations than Christmas too. I hope you will stop by each evening to see what new book I have for you!

Read for: Children's Book Challenge & Sentimental reasons

Synopsis: "Christmas is coming, and one little girl wants nothing more than a hippopotamus to play with and enjoy. But will Santa Claus and her parents make her Christmas wish come true? As shown in his best-selling titles The Night Before Christmas and Here Comes Santa Claus, no one can portray the holidays better than Bruce Whatley; and he doesit again with I Want a Hippopotamus For Christmas.

The song "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas" was written in 1950 by John Rox and became a nationwide hit in 1953 when ten-year-old Oklahoma native Gayla Peevey sang the song as a way to raise money for the Oklahoma City Zoo's first hippopotamus. In December of that year the city received Matilda the hippo for Christmas."

My Review: Several years ago my mom mentioned that this was her favorite song at Christmas when she was a kid, and while it isn't all that common anymore, when I saw this book I knew I had to get it for her to share with all the grandkids. It is a fun little book with funny pictures to go along with the lyrics of the song (mom really struggled to read it and not sing it). A fun book for those who remember the song to share with some of the younger generations.

My Rating: This is a book that not everyone might enjoy but those who do will cherish it for sentimental reasons.  It was cute and fun for the kids with the great illustrations and the lyrics of the song.  We give it a rating of Four Paws!


  1. Whoa!! Gnome and I LOVE that song! It is one of our favorites. I didn't know there was a book! I need to find this!

    1. Not many people have heard of this song, at least people I talk to often, but it does seem to be making a comeback. I picked it up on Book Outlet so I am not sure how difficult it would be to track down.