Poor Amos! He hired a tick bird to eat the bugs off his back so he could be like all the other hippos. There’s just one problem. Kumba, his tick bird, takes it a bit too literally when Amos tells her to make herself at home. Now Amos has to walk around with a bird’s nest on his head, and he doesn’t like it one bit! To make matters worse, all of the other animals are making fun of him. What’s a hippo to do?
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Michael Delaney, author of Deep Doo-Doo and other novels, lives in Greenwich, Connecticut.From School Library Journal:
Grades 2-4--Amos, a hippopotamus, advertises for a bird to get the bugs off his back, but forgets to mention that it has to be a tick bird. After interviews with several inappropriate candidates, including a vulture, he hires just the right one. Then, in Amelia Bedelia fashion, the hippo has trouble communicating with his new employee. When he tells Kumba, "make yourself at home," she takes him literally and builds a nest on his head-and soon lays three eggs. Amos is then concerned that he will become the laughingstock of the river. The silliness escalates with the arrival of her friends, her "husband," and the hatched babies. When a python offers a guaranteed method to rid the hippo of his guests, Amos innocently accepts. However, though still embarrassed about having a bird living on his head, he has developed a fondness for Kumba and her family. In the end, he fights off the snake and saves one of the babies. He learns to accept the tick bird's lifestyle and accomplishes his original objective, to host a bird that gets rid of annoying bugs. The anthropomorphic characters, large typeface, and play on words make this a choice for younger children, although they may not understand some of the humor. For example, the thrush promises songs by Stravinsky, Sinatra, and others. Reluctant readers may be attracted to the cartoon illustrations and comical plot. A story that deserves a place in libraries looking for more humorous fiction.
Linda L. Plevak, Saint Mary's Hall, San Antonio, TX
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Book Description Puffin Books, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110142400319
Book Description Puffin Books. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0142400319 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.0965723