Duck and Hippo Lost and Found is a charming tale of friendship

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Duck and Hippo Lost and FoundDUCK AND HIPPO LOST AND FOUND, by Jonathan London and Andrew Joyner, Two Lions, August 15, 2017, Hardcover, $17.99 (ages 3-7)

In February, Jonathan London and Andrew Joyner introduced young readers to a charming new duo — Duck and Hippo. Now, they’re back with Duck and Hippo Lost and Found, the latest book in the series.

This time around Duck and Hippo invite their friends to share a picnic at their favorite pond. Everyone arrives with something to share. Everyone except Hippo. Before the celebration can begin Hippo sets off into the forest to pick some wild berries. Hippo is gone for a long time, and his friends begin to worry he’s lost. Together, they follow Hippo on an adventure into the forest.

Duck and Hippo Lost and Found features the same playfulness found in Duck and Hippo in the Rainstorm. The characters are bright and expressive. Illustrator Andrew Joyner has taken author Jonathan London’s rhythmic and animated text and expanded upon it. There’s no ambiguity here.

My 3 ½-year-old was immediately engaged by the story and enjoyed perusing the illustrations further. The publisher’s suggested age range on this is 3-7. I think 7, and even 6, are probably pushing it. I’d start a little younger. Duck and Hippo Lost and Found is perfect for 2-5-year-olds.

Duck and Hippo Lost and Found is a delightful look at the true meaning of friendship. It’s already made its way into our reading rotation.


Jonathan London has written more than 100 children’s books, including the bestselling Froggy series, illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz. He is also author of the Aaron’s Wilderness middle-grade series, illustrated by his son Sean London. Jonathan lives in Graton, California.

Andrew Joyner is an illustrator, author, and cartoonist based in South Australia. He has illustrated a number of picture books, and he wrote and illustrated a chapter book series about a warthog named Boris. He has also illustrated for newspapers and magazines, including the Wall Street Journal, Reader’s Digest, and Rolling Stone magazine, among others.

There’s more fun with Duck and Hippo in the free downloadable activity pages: https://www.andrewjoyner.com.au/activities/

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Jessica Harrison is the main reviewer behind Cracking the Cover. Prior to creating Cracking the Cover, Jessica worked as the in-house book critic for the Deseret News, a daily newspaper in Salt Lake City. Jessica also worked as a copy editor and general features writer for the paper. Following that, Jessica spent two years with an international company as a social media specialist. She is currently a freelance writer/editor. She is passionate about reading and giving people the tools to make informed decisions in their own book choices.

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