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The Blue Hippopotamus Read an excerpt Available in French


  • Short-listed, Governor General's Award for Children's Literature - Illustration, 2007
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2008
  • Commended, Resource Links, Best of the Year, 2007

The Blue Hippopotamus Canadian Title

By Phoebe Gilman   Illustrated by Joanne Fitzgerald   

Scholastic Canada Ltd | ISBN 9780439952606 Hardcover
32 Pages | 9.3" x 9.31" | Ages 3 to 5

A beautiful story about the transformative power of friendship and the love between a mother and child.

A young hippo falls madly in love with an Egyptian princess. Desperate to be with her, the hippo asks a magician to change him into "something she could love." The magician reveals that he's unable turn a hippo into a human, but can turn him into a toy, and he grants the hippo the power to turn himself back into his real self whenever he chooses. The excited hippo accepts this offer, and becomes the princess's new toy - but will this be enough?

Based on a story by Joan Grant, this is Phoebe Gilman's long-awaited final book. The illustrations by Joanne Fitzgerald are inspired by the sketches Phoebe drew before her death in 2002.